Monday, September 24, 2012

Ghana: UNDP partners with private corporate MTN to build local ICT centre to bridge digital divide for under-served communities

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Essiama — MTN Ghana has completed the construction of a $100,000 Information Communication Technology (ICT) centre for the use of communities in and around Essiama in the Elembelle District of the Western Region.

The centre is to bridge the digital divide between the served and under-served communities in ICT use. The facility was put together in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

MTN corporate services executive Cynthia Lumor observed that the use of the Internet is crucial to national development and the centre would help rural and semi-rural students in their ICT studies. Mrs Lumor said the centre would serve about 9,500 people in five communities, adding it would operate as a study centre for over 3,000 students from about 10 schools within its catchment area. She revealed that MTN has invested over GHC9,668.815.27 million since the establishment of the MTN Foundation on health, education and economic empowerment across Ghana.

She noted that the beneficiaries of the foundation include school children, teachers and hospital patients. "The economically disadvantaged communities have benefited from the provision of boreholes, traffic lights, school buildings, libraries, ICT centres, medical equipment, hospital ward, polyclinics, operating theatres, job training and the capitalisation that the MTN Ghana Foundation has founded"

The UNDP partnership advisor, Mr Fred Ampiah, said the centre would help the people in the communities, especially students, compete with people in other parts of the country since education is one of the avenues for developing a nation. The chief of Essiama, Nana Kofi Amgboe IV, appealed to MTN to assist Essiama Secondary/Technical School with 'a modern science laboratory.

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