Science NITA Fibre
Science NITA Fibre

The Denmark Government has finally handed over to the Ministry of Communications, the 165 kilometre Eastern Corridor Optic Fibre Extension Project connecting from Ho to Accra, which is aimed at providing communities, schools, government agencies, district assemblies and health providers the access to utilise it for the update and digitisation of their works.

Speaking at the provisional handing over, the Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful and also MP for Ablekuma West, explained that, the €3,795,17 Ho-Accra Fibre Optic Extension Project is being constructed by Nokia-Alcatel-Lucent Denmark in partnership with Kenpon Constructions Company Limited, a Ghanian owned company and financed by the Danish Government.

Signing the contact certificate, the Minister said, the project is due to be handed over to Ghana’s Ministry of Communications in one year time and it would be managed by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA).

Mrs. Ursula Owusu noted that, the project connects about 120 communities and some major towns like Kpando, Jasikan, Nkwanta, Bimbila, Yendi, Gushegu. Nonetheless, she added that, the project was initially spanned from Ho to Bawku, but they later realized that without the link from Ho to Accra, the optimum benefit of the project could not be achieved.

Saying, “The Fibre is there but, we need to work on the last mile to link the communities along the route to the fibre back bone and that we are actively working with partners to develop then, we can derive optimum benefit from that fibre.”

According to the Minister, government’s focus is to ensure that, there is the delivery of optimum e-governance services to the people and as well facilitate government to government and to the people. “We are also very keen in digitising governance and making government more accessible to the people and we need to necessarily put in adequate infrastructure to make that happen.

Government can not do it all alone, and we are encouraging the private sector to also get involved and we will be exploring public-private partnership initiative and grant opportunities to get that done with the right technical partners.”

That not withstanding, she noted that, “In line with the Policy of the Ministry of Finance, my Ministry would ensure that all districts, municipal and metropolitan areas are connected to the national fibre optic network to facilitate the smooth implementation of the Ghana Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) project.”

Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, expressed her appreciation to the NITA and the team of technical personnel whose efforts birthed the initiation of the project and also called on the officials of NITA to collaborate with the contractors and the commercial partners to ensure proper maintenance culture.

The project certificate was signed by Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Ghana’s Communications Minister and Mr. Jan Plenge, Export Director, Nokia.

In attendance were, Madam Tove Degnbol, the Danish Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Issah Yahaya, Chief Director of Communications Ministry, Mr. David K. Gyewu, Director-General of NITA, Mr. Kennedy Agyapong, President and Chairman of Kepon Constructions Co. Ltd, and many others.

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh

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