Ursula Owusu charges GIFEC to connect to all communities

…As new Board of Trustees takes off

 Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications, has charged the Ghana Investment Fund of Electronic Communication (GIFEC) to ensure that no community in Ghana is left behind in its universal access internet connectivity programme.

According to her, GIFEC is one of the important agencirs under the Ministry of Communications that have the necessary mandate to help government achieve the rural connectivity programme.

Mrs. Owusu Ekuful made the statement when she inaugurated a 10- member Board of Trustees of GIFEC in Accra last Thursday.

The Communications Minister, who is also the Member of Parliament for Ablekuman West Constituency, noted  that GIFEC is one of the important agencies under her ministry and tasked them to live up to its mandate as established by law.

While acknowledging the agency for the success chalked over the last few years, she   urged the new board to consider new areas of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), like software development, projects incubation and innovation to expand the scope of the operations of GIFEC.

She also announced that the Electronic Communications Act, 2008 of Act 775, would be reviewed very soon to reflect the new mandate of GIFEC for better service.

The GIFEC was launched in November, 2004, however, operations of the fund started in January 2005.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful, who chaired the Board, called on GIFEC to collaborate with National Information Technology Agency (NITA) to make use of the broadband infrastructure being deployed by the agency, to extend its coverage.

She expressed confidence in the new Board of Trustees that they would deliver to expectations considering the calibre of membership and also assured them of the ministry’s support to deliver to the interest of the people of Ghana, especially rural communities who need their services.

The other members of the board are Mr. Kennedy Agyapong, Chairman of Parliamentary Select Committee on Communication and MP for Assin Central; Mr. Issa Yahaya, Chief Director, Ministry of Communications; Mr. A. Kofi Asante, acting administrator and CEO of GIFEC, and Mr. Joe Anokye, acting Director General of the National Communications Authority.

The rest are Mr. Ken Gomado, Finance Director, Vodafone; Mr. William Tetteh, Head of Capital Project, MTN; Mr. Ernest Brown, president of the Ghana Internet Services Providers Association (GISPA); Mr. Emmanuel Adjei, Head of Legal, Airtel, and Ms Sylvia Owusu Ankomah,   Director Regulatory – TIGO

The Board was sworn in by a High Court judge, Mr. Justice George Boadi.

On behalf of the board, Mr. William Tetteh expressed thanks to the minister and the President for the honour done them and pledged that they would deliver to better the lot of GIFEC and electronic communication in general.



Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Felix Engsalige Nyaaba


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