Business News of Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Dr Edward Omane Boamah, minister for communications has charged the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) to do more monitoring and evaluation to ensure the effective use of its projects.
The Minister made this call during an interaction with GIFEC’s administrator and the entire staff at its national secretariat in Accra. He said monitoring and evaluation of projects undertaken by GIFEC would help check effective use and safety of equipment.
The minister advised that the huge investments that have taken place under GIFEC in various parts of the country may go waste if effective monitoring were not done. “In ensuring that huge investments do not go waste, GIFEC must toughen its effective monitoring and evaluation system in order to get that satisfaction” the minister advised.
The minister tasked GIFEC to continue its work of bridging the digital divide in rural and urban communities across the country, adding that the manifestation of GIFEC’s investments are out there for everyone to see.
Dr Boamah further urged the telecommunications companies to buy into GIFEC’s vision of deploying telecommunication masts in very remote communities in order to achieve universal access to electronic communication in the country.
The administrator of GIFEC, Hon. Kofi Attor assured the minister of its desire to achieve its mandate in support of government’s Better Ghana agenda by ensuring that the gap in ICT usage between the urban and the rural communities is closed. GIFEC is an Agency of the Ministry of Communication to facilitate the provision of basic telephony to un-served and underserved communities in the country.