Komenda (C/R), Sept. 29, GNA – MTN, a Mobile Tele-communications Company and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have jointly constructed a plush Information Communication and Technology (ICT) learning centre for the people of Komenda and its surrounding communities.
The fully furnished facility is the seventh to be commissioned, out of the ten to be constructed in all regions across the country to offer opportunities for people in the rural areas to acquire training in the usage of ICT tools.
The other three are being constructed in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions and the total cost of the ten learning centres is 100,000.00 million US dollars.
The Komenda project will serve about 13,000 people in all the 13 communities in the area including, Abrobeano, Antado, Kafodzidzi, Kissi, Kwahenkrom and Aburansa, Dompoase.
Mrs. Cynthia Lumor, Corporate Services Executive of MTN, in a speech read on her behalf, said the company identified the ICT deficit in the country and made the efforts to address it and help bridge the digital divide between the served and the un-served.
It will also operate as a study centre for more than 8,000 students in ten schools in the catchment area, to enable them to carry out research and share ideas with their peers around the country.
The amount so far invested by the MTN Ghana Foundation since its establishment in the Country in 2007 on projects in health, education and economic empowerment amounts to GH₵9,724,415.00, with the Central Region’s share being GH₵ 375,006.05.
Mrs. Lumor enumerated a number of “sustainable initiatives” being implemented in the Central Region, aimed at giving back to the people of the Region, which also include entrepreneurial skill development, sports and entertainment, in addition to the projects on health and education.
Among the projects are the refurbishment of a six-unit classroom and ICT block for Srafa Immuna in the KEEA Municipality and the construction of 15-bed children’s ward, shed and offices for the child welfare department of the Twifo-Praso Government Hospital.
Others are the micro-enterprise project for young people in rural communities, which enables them to venture into local businesses and the sponsorship of pupils from 20 schools in the Region to participate in the 2010/2011 inter schools spelling competition.
She urged the youth to avail themselves of the opportunity being offered to learn to operate ICT tools to enable them to be abreast with the times.
Mr. Fredrick Hans Ampiah, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Partnership Advisor, urged the beneficiary communities to take full advantage of the project to learn and also to harness the economic potential of the area to help stimulate their business activities.
The Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Isaac Kweku Sam thanked the MTN and the UNDP for the project, saying that, it will help facilitate information flow from the area to other parts of the country and the world at large.
He advised the youth not to use the centre for the infamous “sakawa and sakamotto” (cyber fraud) but rather for knowledge acquisition.