The Minister of Communication and Digitalisation, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has finally commissioned the rural telephony project which is the Telecom Mast at mile 3 in the Sefwi Wiawso district.
Commissioning the live Rural Telephony project telecom mast at mile 3, Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful who is also the lawmaker for Ablekuma West acknowledges the benefits of the network connectivity, hence the need to increase and improve infrastructure in that regard. She was hopeful that all the constructed mast in the district will go live by the end of the year.
“I know the benefits of network connectivity as it seeks to improve the digital economy through the digital infrastructure. My ministry is leaving the community behind and the government is committed to investing in this regard” the minister told the elated mile 3 community.
The newly appointed administrator of the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), Mr. Prince Sefah, said 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 and underserved communities. Phase 2 of the project which is being planned now, will plug any remaining gaps and upgrade the site to 4G, Mr. Sefah noted.
The Minister also inspected a yet-to-go-live telecom mast at Abrabra and Nkonya. The traditional leaders of Abrabra and Nkonya praised Ursula for fulfilling her promise to them prior to the 2020 elections. The leaders however requested ICT labs in the community schools to encourage computer studies.
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.