Fifteen (15) national service personnel who distinguished themselves under the Urban Sanitation Module (USM) have been awarded full scholarships to pursue courses in Integrated GIS systems and geomatic engineering in The Netherlands and India.
Significantly, the 15 awardees after their Master’s programmes and internships with world-class data collection companies will also be guaranteed jobs with fast budding IT and telecommunication solutions company, Subah Infosolutions Ghana Ltd.
In all ninety two (92) service personnel under the UMS module were recognised for their hard work and commitment.
These service personnel went home with various prizes which included cash, tablets and on top of it all guaranteed employment with Subah Infosolutions Ltd.
The award scheme, christened; 2016 UMS-SINSASS (Awards NaWaBin), and under the theme; Empowering the Youth through Innovation to drive Development,” was sponsored by Subah Infoslutions Ghana Ltd.
It was aimed at recognising efforts of 2015/2016 National Service Personnel under the UMS module.
Delivering his keynote address, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Honourable Mahama Ayariga, stressed the need for Ghana to invest in acquiring “excellent technological capabilities that will be diligently applied to solve the country’s problems.
“Today’s world is a competitive world; nations are competing for supremacy, and it is no longer about who has more nuclear weapons than the other. That is no longer the fashion; a few countries are still struggling to acquire nuclear weapons.”
According to him, the game changer is who is “best able to marshal available technological know-how and apply it to the solution of our daily problems in this country.”
That, he affirmed, is what will make “our nation great and strong,” adding that it is not about the size of a country’s army.
He went on to add that what makes a country great and strong is its technological capabilities.
“That is why very small nations like Israel is able to compete with nations like the US and so many other big economies because of their technological capabilities,” he pointed out.
According to the minister, Ghana has a major problem. This problem, he indicated, has to do with bad planning.
“We have a very bad and chaotic planning which we have been struggling with from generation to generation,” he noted.
“…because of bad planning there is so much waste going on, there is so much disorganisation going on in the country,” he lamented.
Against this background, Mr. Ayariga seized the opportunity to commend the Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, for his company’s initiative by developing a geospatial map that will give accurate information about location of properties, its numbering among others.
This geospatial map, he said, can be used by all sectors of the economy.
He also commended the service personnel for their diligence and commitment in the exercise.
In his welcome address Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Subah, Birendra Sasmal, stressed that his outfit was excited to be part of a programme aimed at creating enormous technological innovations in the country
He explained that creating a geospatial platform with an integrated waste bin distribution and collection of database system to optimise nationwide waste bin distribution and collection was not a small mean exercise.
“We are trying to build a Ghana where we want to collect data which will be useful to all government agencies including private people. So in this journey we have realised that three objectives must be met: one employing youth, two, offering more training programmes, and three, developing more capabilities,” Mr. Birendra intoned.
In this vein he emphasised that the National Service Secretariat (NSS) has been of enormous support to his outfit.
According to him, his company is looking at incorporating “several technological capabilities into the programme.”
The exercise, he indicated, was for nation building which could be a “game changer” for the entire country.
He also gave the assurance that Subah will not just let the service personnel go but will utilise their services for the benefit of the country.
For his part, Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, explained that the support from his outfit was motivated by the fact that service personnel should be given further training, particularly in the area of technology, to enable them contribute their quota to the development of this country.
“National service personnel need to be encouraged, supported and be given further training to enable them help in the development of this country,” he said.
According to him, his outfit has invested over 3 million US dollars in the exercise.
This, he assured, will not be a one-time programme but a yearly exercise aimed at developing the technological capabilities of national service personnel in ensuring that they contribute positively to the growth of the country.
The first three winners were Rashid Haruna Ali, Stephen Gyaminah Nuamah and Anita Koomson respectively.
The NaWaBin programme is a nationwide private financing initiative between Melchia Investments Ghana Limited, a wholly-owned Ghanaian firm and the National Service Secretariat (NSS) of Ghana.
The original goal of the programme which commenced in June 2015 was to develop a geospatial platform with an integrated waste bin distribution and collection.
And this has evolved into a programme to build on previous government initiatives such as the Ghana Street Naming initiative to expand Ghana’s digital geospatial footprint to facilitate public and private sector decision making, information updating and retrieval, revenue mobilisation among others.
Source: Ghana/todaygh.com/Kwamena Ananse