A portion of the Eastern Corridor Fibre Optic Extension Project has been handed over to the Government of Ghana. The project certificate was signed by Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister for Communications on behalf of the Government of Ghana and Mr. Jan Plenge, the Export Director of Nokia also signed his part in the Presence of Her Excellency, Tove Degnbol, the Danish Ambassador to Ghana at a brief ceremony in Accra.
The 165kilometers project which is an extension of the existing fiber optic project is being constructed by Nokia-Alcatel- Lucent Denmark in partnership with kenpon Constructions Company Limited and Financed by the Danish Government.
Speaking at the function , the Minister of Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful commended the Government of Denmark for their tremendous support to the Government of Ghana and President Akuffo Addo, whose vision is to ensure that Ghana become a hub of ICT because the Government holds the that ICT plays a vital role in the socioeconomic development of this country.
The Minister of Communication was optimistic that the entire project would be handed over to the government of Ghana by next year and it would be managed by National Information Technology Agency which is an agency under ministry of communication.
Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful hinted that the initial plan of the project was made to cover Ho in the Volta region to Bawku in the Upper East region but the Officials latter thought it that it was appropriate to add Ho to Accra stretch for optimum benefit and this project when finish according to the Minister will cater for 120 communities as far as ICT is concern.
The Communication Minister disclosed that, the focus of Government is to ensure effective delivery of e-governance services and making Government more accessible to the people.
She stated that her outfit will ensure that all the Metropolitan, Municipal and Districts Assemblies are connected to the National Fibre Optic Network to facilitate the smooth implementation of the Ghana Finance Management Information System (GIFMIS) project which is a key in ensuring transparency in the financial administration of this country.
The Communications Minister expressed appreciation to NITA and the entire technical team whose efforts have brought this enviable initiative into reality.