Vice President Aliu Mahama has commissioned a modern Information and Communication Technology GCNet Center in Tamale with a call on the people of the area to go through this year's general elections as one people, without any form of violence associated with it.
This, in the Veep"s estimation, would encourage successive governments and other development partners to extend more of such facilities to the Northern Region to boost its socio-economic development.
The ICT Centre, his brain child, was built at a total cost of 300,000 Ghana Cedis and equipped with servers, computers, scanners, fax machines, internet connectivity and a stand-by generator.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama urged the people of Tamale, especially the youth, to put the centre to good use by taking advantage of the facility to learn, research and to pursue their business transactions.
He further charged them to see the Centre as their property and Endeavour to maintain it in a manner that will enable them to grab the opportunity of using it for the production and marketing of local products like smocks and shea-butter.
The Vice President, who is left with barely five weeks to leave office, also tasked the people of the Tamale Metropolis to take a critical look at the level of infrastructural development that had taken place in the area and make an informed decision on December 7 this year.
Alhaji Aliu Mahama advised the electorate to vote massively for Nana Akufo-Addo and all the NPP Parliamentary candidates to retain the party in power as a means of giving it another chance to complete the Kufuor administration's unfinished agenda.
On his part, Nortey Omaboe, Chairman of the GCNet Board who handed the keys to the Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive, said it was part of the organization"s social responsibility to provide the people of Tamale with such a facility to serve as a growth pole for ICT development in Northern Ghana .
He stated that the trail blazing role played by GCNet in the ICT World in Ghana would be sustained, and disclosed that early next year, an upgraded additional system with new functionalities would be deployed for the use of the Customs Excise and Preventive Services as well as the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, to bring into fruition the quest for seamless processing of trade and custom transactions.
Mohammed Amin Adam Anta, Mayor of Tamale, commended the GCNet for its foresight through the effort of the Vice President, for supporting the area with such a facility, and promised that it would be put to good use to achieve the purpose for its establishment. He assured other investors that the people of Tamale had re-discovered their focus with regard to the level of infrastructural development that had taken place over the past eight years, and appealed to them to invest in the Metropolis and beyond.