Dep. minister for Communications, Ato Sarpong
Dep. minister for Communications, Ato Sarpong

Plans are underway for the Ministry of Communications to establish an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Council, Mr Ato Sarpong, Deputy Minister of Communications has announced.

Dep. minister for Communications, Ato Sarpong
Dep. minister for Communications, Ato Sarpong

Speaking at the third Annual General Meeting of the Information Technology Association of Ghana (ITAG), Mr Sarpong said the Council would be made up of experts in the ICT industry.

He said the Council would serve as an advisory board to the Ministry to fast track the implementation of government’s ICT agenda.

The meeting, on the theme: “Securing our Cyber World”, enabled members of ITAG to discuss key membership issues and how to secure the cyber world.

Mr Sarpong said government would continue to create the congenial atmosphere for the ICT industry to grow.

He said over the past few decades the advancement of the world has been propelled by ICT and that global institutions are mainly operating in the ICT space, saying banking and financial transactions are being done through the power of ICT.

He called on ICT professionals in the country to emulate the shining example of groups like the Ghana Bar Association and the Ghana Medical Association by coming together to form a vibrant organisation.

The Deputy Minister said for businesses to excel today, there is the need for their ICT professionals to improve their efforts.

He said for an ICT professional to excel; he/she must have a very high level of integrity, must always make the right decision and must have the ability to combine technology and business ideas.

The Deputy Minister advised ICT professionals to be selfless and mentor their subordinates; so as to leave a lasting legacy.

Mr George Attah-Boateng, the Director General of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), said the agency’s vision is to provide leadership in the application of ICTs in the public sector, by transforming government’s administration, information dissemination and service delivery for national development.

He said the NITA would soon register all ICT companies operating in Ghana and would also license all information and technology professionals, as part of efforts to bring sanity into the industry.

Professor Nii Narku Quaynor, ITAG President, said the organization sought to create a network of ICT professionals and promote the use of information technology in Ghana and elsewhere to achieve organizational objectives and goals across businesses.

He urged ITAG members to intensify their membership drive; stating that with time they would be having a huge cadre of ICT professionals.

“Let’s build a formidable base membership body,” he said and urged them to create opportunities for all Ghanaians to enjoy the benefits offered by the advances of information technologies.

Ms Dorothy Gordon, the Director General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre for ICT, said women should be encouraged to go into ICT; saying diversity in every organisation promotes efficiency and productivity.


Mr Ato Sarpong (right) interacting with Mr George Attah-Boateng at the ITAG AGM


Crime Court Fraudster
Court sentences convicted fraudster to GHC12,000 fine

Kumasi, Dec. 15, GNA – A Kumasi Circuit Court, presided over by Mrs. Helena Vivian Lamptey, has ordered a man arrested for duping two persons under the pretext of helping them to travel to Turkey to pay a fine of GHȼ12,000.

Nana Akwasi Asare would spend eight months in prison should he fail to pay the money.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charge of defrauding by false pretenses but the court ruled otherwise.

The convict had told his victims, Issah Sani and Dennis Anti, that he was living in Turkey and could assist them to join him and arrange to get jobs for them.

Police Superintendent Regina Addo-Yobo, told the court that the pair fell for the bait and between them paid cash of GHȼ6,500 to him for travel visas.

This was in year 2013 and Asare was neither seen nor heard from after collecting the money and their passports until October 21, this year, when the victims received information that he was hiding at Kormantse near Saltpond in the Central Region.

They alerted the police and he was arrested.

Source: GNA


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