Communications Minister Ursula Owusu

The Minister for Communications and Digitilization, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, has hinted that Ghana is moving towards a direction where digital skills will be required in all forms of entrepreneurship and vocational fields.

According to her, the use of ICT tools will be made available to students at all levels in order to prepare them for the anticipated future.

She, therefore, assured participants that government would ensure that more rural areas are connected to any form of ICT through the support of the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC).

“ICT will be needed in all fields of work that we are doing as a people. The world is moving at a much faster rate that even if you want to be a mechanic, you will need ICT and digital education. ICT will push us in whatever work we want to do after school so let’s take the ICT training very serious from here. Government will do its best to equip you and make available ICT centres in most parts of the country so that we can all benefit from the internet revolution,” she said.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful was speaking at the Mentorship Day for students in the Bono East Region who are participating in this year’s ‘Girls in ICT’ initiative.

The ‘Girls in ICT’, which is an initiative by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and enhanced by the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation, is aimed at enhancing girls’ skills in the field of information communication and technology.

The Mentorship Day event is part of initiatives by the ministry to expose the girls to women mentors in the ICT industry.

Under the theme: ‘Access and Safety’, the event is expected to train about 5,000 girls from basic and second cycle institutions in the five regions which have been selected this year. The regions are Bono East, Bono, Ahafo, Savanna and Northern.

It is also aimed at bringing together women in the industry to mentor girls in the selected regions.

The mentors from academia, health and business used the occasion to encourage the girls to take advantage of the programme to further their education in computer science and other ICT education.

The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation also made a passionate appeal to the teachers to support their students in the chosen career of ICT.

A lecturer at the Department of Chemistry, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Dr Mercy Badu, used the platform to sell the idea of science and technology to the girls.

She advised them to take their education seriously and focus on the goal of becoming career champions in their various fields of technology since the world is moving in that direction.

“Be a strong person in whatever you want to do in science because it is one of the fields that help in solving problems in society – work hard towards it and you can achieve whatever dream you have in ICT,” she advised.

The programme for the Bono East Region will climax on Wednesday, April 21, 2022, with a grand durbar after which the team will move to the four remaining selected regions.