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26.07.2004 Regional News

Multi billion-cedi computer training school inaugurated

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Akosombo (ER), July 26, GNA - Mr Albert Kan-Dapaah, Minister of Communication, at the weekend inaugurated a 2.9 billion-cedi, Ghana-Korea Presbyterian Mission Computer Training School, at Akosombo in the Eastern Region.

The School, which was funded by the Yong Dung Po Presbyterian Church, in South Korea with assistance from some German Presbyterian Churches, would operate broadband services for Internet connectivity, multi-media systems for radio and video broadcasting and a training programme for software and hardware applications.

Mr Kan-Dapaah said Information Communication and Technology (ICT), was the most reliable developmental tool to meet the country's targets for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

He said ICT applications were extremely important for government operations and services, health care, education, business, agriculture, disaster prevention and wealth generation.

Mr Kan-Dapaah noted that the task of achieving the ICT revolution in Ghana was so enormous that it could only be undertaken through the spirit of partnership.

He commended the Presbyterian Church for helping the Government to attain the target of the World Summit on Information Society, to connect educational institutions and rural communities to ICT.

Mr Kan- Dapaah said through such partnerships, Ghana could realise at least three million dollars, through export revenue from ICT business ventures from the US, by 2006.

The South Korean Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Lee Sang Pal, commended President John Agyekum Kufuor, for his leadership qualities that had ensured political stability and enhanced socio-economic development of Ghana.

He said the School would open a new page in South Korea's relationship with Ghana.

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, the Rt Rev. Dr Sam Prempeh, urged students to take advantage of the facility to prepare them adequately for the job market.

Dr Francis Osafo-Mensah, Regional Minister, in an address read on his behalf, advised students to apply themselves diligently to their studies and avoid frivolous habits that would retard their progress. The Rev. Nam Kee Huh, from the South Korea Presbyterian Church, said the establishment of the School was one of the means by which the Church could promote peace in the world.