Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, the Vice President of Ghana has said, government’s focused is on the digitisation of the economy with all hopes that, its transformative impact would help Ghana to move in the right direction by attaining a resilient economic environment.

The Vice President commended the National Communications Authority for its efforts in training the personnel towards growing a strong economy. ‘’Ghana is ultimately moving into an information technology world and so, the whole idea of information technology is so critical for our development,” added.

He was speaking at the launch of a two-months Boot Camp to Onboard 170 National Service Personnel of the National Communication Authority (NCA) for the 2017/18 Period of Service, on the 12th September, 2017, in Accra.

This two-months intensive programme, is designed to orient and develop the Service Personnel to improve upon their skills to support the regulatory works of the Authority during their service period.

The training would further equip the personnel with employable skills, and further give them more in depth knowledge into various functions of the NCA, as captured in the organisational structure with specifically designed training from various departmental organisations.

The Minister for Communications, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, on her part, urged the National Service Scheme (NSS) to consider waving off fees paid by private institutions to enable them engage more NSS personnel to create opportunities for the public and private sector to train fresh graduates, to benefit the country and as well as reduce the level of frustrations the service personnel face in securing a place for their service.

Madam Ursula called on the service personnel to take advantage of the training, in order to enhance and develop their capabilities. She was quick to add that, other Corporate Organisations in the country should also emulate the NCA by initiating programmes to develop the youth for national development.

Mr. Joe Anokye, the Acting Director General of the NCA, also noted that, a total of 267 Service Personnel were initially posted to the NCA for the 2017/18 National Service period, but due to office space constraints, the NCA had to limit itself to accommodate 170 NSP, representing almost 500% increase in the intake of Service Personnel.

According to him, during the two-month period, the personnel will go through an intensive orientation including, legal framework for the establishment of the NCA, Spectrum, Telecom and Regulatory Essentials, Consumer Education and Sensitisation, IT Essentials, and Cybersecurity Sensitisation and Soft Skills training.

Others includes Entrepreneurial skills, Insights, and visits to Industry players (Mobile Network Operators, Satellite TV operators, Radio Stations, and Internet Service Operators.

Mr. Anokye further noted that, a survey commissioned by the NCA and executed by a Reputable Institute of Statistics, Social and Economic Research of the University of Ghana indicated that only 13.8 per cent of respondents from 5200 households and 14,795 Individuals were aware of the NCA, adding that “That is why we also want to use this on boarding and training programme to train them and use their services to enhance the consumer outreach programme of the Authority.”

In conclusion, he said, 12 of the NSS personnel would be selected and trained intensively on cyber security, to take up roles within the cyber security ecosystem in the country.

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh

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