Mr Joseph Okyere, a civil engineer based in Accra, has urged people in rural areas to rekindle their communal spirit to support Government's efforts at improving the socio-economic conditions of the rural folks.
He said it was important for people to use their little resources to help in the development of their respective communities, as a supplement to what the government offered through the district assemblies.
Mr Okyere was addressing chiefs, heads of department, assembly members, and the people of the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District at a sod cutting ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of a modern 4.5 billion cedis ICT centre at Breman Asikuma in the Central Region.
He appealed to the people to bury their differences and contribute their quota towards the project, which would enhance education in the district.
Mr P. C. Appiah-Ofori, the Member of Parliament for the district, who with Nana Amoakwa Baidu VII, the Omanhene of Breman Asikuma jointly cut the sod said, the building would not only benefit the people in the area but the country at large. He stated further that, information communication and technology included any communication device or application like radio, television, fax, computers, and satellite.
He hoped the ICT centre would help in marketing their locally produced goods and contribute towards the national development and growth.
Mr Appiah-Ofori said the centre would also be accessible to everyone, especially school pupil in the area. He said with the construction of the ICT centre, students, teachers and workers would increase their knowledge in ICT, adding that these could be achieved, only when the facility was used properly and not for criminal activities.
Mr Emmanuel Adjei Domson, the District Chief Executive of the area said with ICT in the district, teaching and learning would be enhanced and appealed for assistance from the public. He disclosed that the assembly had voted 500 million cedis for work to commence on the first phase.
Adjei Domson used the occasion to advise the public to get involved in the forth-coming district assembly election and to elect people, who could deliver at the assembly.
Nana Amoakwa Baidu VII commended the planners of the project and assured them of the traditional council's support. He advised the youth to concentrate on their books to enable them acquire the needed education to be good future leaders.