President Kufuor inaugurates new ICT centre at Nkwantakese
Sept. 9, Ghanadot/GNA - President John Agyekum Kufuor on
Tuesday inaugurated a 500,000 Ghana cedis state-of-the-art
Information, Communication and Technology Centre (ICT) at
Nkwantakese in Afigya-Kwabre District of Ashanti.
The centre is part of government's aggressive push towards
promotion of computer literacy in Ghana.
It is a joint venture between Ghana Government, United
Nation's Development Programme (UNDP) and Catholic Church to
provide information technology training for the northern
The centre named "JAK-CITI" was financed through HIPC Fund
and Chinese Communication giant, ZTE, which donated 50
The Ministry of Communications, through Ghana Investment
Fund for Telecommunications is to establish 238 centres to
provide ICT training and support for businesses and
interconnectivity to communities throughout the country.
About 90 of such centres had so far been completed.
President Kufuor said the idea of establishing ICT
infrastructure in every part of the country was to help
provide Ghanaians with basic IT skills to make them become
competitive in the global village.
He said government would provide a bus to the centre and
urged the people to make maximum use of the facility.
President Kufuor announced a 10,000 Ghana cedis support
package for an education fund established by the chiefs and
people of Nkwantakese to assist brilliant but needy pupils
and a health centre project.
Dr Benjamin Aggrey Ntim, Minister for Communications warned
the people against abuse of the centre that would enable
students in the area to be part of the knowledge-based
Mr Albert Kan-Dapaah, Minister for Defence and Member of
Parliament for the area on behalf of the people expressed
their appreciation to government for giving them a fair
share of development.