The Minister for Communications and Digitalization, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has inaugurated a telecom mast at Mile 3 and inspected two other yet-to-go-live telecom masts at Abrabra and Nkonya-all in the Sefwi Wiawso District under the rural telephony project.

 

At a gathering with the Chiefs and people in the Sefwi Wiawso district, Hon Ursula Owusu highlighted the benefits of network connectivity as it seeks to improve the digital economy through the digital infrastructure.

She added that the ministry of communications and digitalization will not leave any community behind and the government is committed to investing in the rural telephony project to ensure that most rural communities across the country get access to network connectivity.

 

The minister for communications also promised the Chiefs that all the constructed telecom masts in the district will go live by the end of the year.

The newly-appointed Administrator of the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), Mr Prince Sefah, noted that phase one of the Rural Telephony Project involves constructing 2016 telecom sites to provide voice and 3G data connectivity to about 3 million Ghanaians in unserved communities. The Phase II of the project, which is being planned now, will plug any remaining gaps and upgrade the sites to 4G.

The Director of Enterprise for Huawei, Brian Wu, asked the community to make good use of the resources available to them to become competitive and pledged their support to the Ministry in providing connectivity to the rural communities. Huawei donated school bags, pencils and pencil cases to the pupils in Mile 3, Abrabra and Nkonya.

The traditional leaders of Nkonya and Abrabra thanked the government for fulfilling its promise made to them prior to the 2020 elections.

They, however, requested ICT labs in the community schools to facilitate computer studies.

Evans Awaitey

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