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24.10.2008 General News

District Co-ordinating Directors Urged To Support CICs

By ISD (Tony Kofi Ankrah )
District Co-ordinating Directors Urged To Support CICs

Deputy Director Of Information Services Department (IT), Mr Alphonse Koblavie

District Co-ordination Directors (DCDs) have been urged to own and support the activities of Community Information Centres (CICs) in their various Districts.

Welcoming participants to a one-day workshop today at Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, on the theme : 'The role of Local Government in the promotion of CIC Project,' Mr  Kofi Asante, the Administrator of the Ghana Investment Funds for Telecommunications (GIFTEL) said the establishment of CICs is aimed at providing ICT tools for use by the community to better their living conditions.

Mr Asante called on the DCDs to see to the effective and efficient management of the CICs so that the community can derive maximum benefits from their establishment.

The Deputy Director in charge of Information Technology (IT) at the Information Services Department of the Ministry of Information and National Orientation, Mr Alphonse Koblavie, who spoke on National Content within the context of E-Government said the Department will focus on content that should be developed by various institutions at various levels.

He reminded District Information Officers that it is their responsibility to ensure that information is gathered in all spheres within the districts and packaged for dissemination. He called on Ministries, Departments and Agencies to come on board the E-Government policy to promote government business.

A CIC Project Co-ordinator, Mr  Divinus Oppong-Tawiah, on his part touched on some of the benefits of the CIC and said they served as hubs to provide shared connectivity for the Ministries, Department s and Agencies. He mentioned for instance that National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) offices at Yendi, Salaga and Damongo in the Northern Region are planning to tap into the shared connectivity at CICs in their various districts.