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General News of Tuesday, 14 August 2007

Source: GNA

Work on an ICT post office at Sekondi begins

Sekondi, Aug.14, GNA - The management of Ghana Post has decided to include Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) facilities to post offices in the country.

Mr Kofi Dua-Adonteng, Managing Director of Ghana Post who announced this said a post office equipped with ICT facilities was ideal with the current development in information technology. He was speaking at a sod cutting ceremony for the construction of a GH=A2 140,000 (1.4 billion cedis) post office equipped with Internet facilities and a conference hall at Sekondi.

Papa Owusu Ankomah, Member of Parliament for Sekondi, and a Presidential aspirant of New Patriotic Party (NPP) is financing the project.

Mr Dua-Adonteng said a post office with ICT facilities would enable many people nationwide to have access to Internet facilities. He noted that Ghana Post must adopt modern technologies to effectively compete with the increasing technologies. Mr Kwesi Blay, Deputy Western Regional Minister called on management of Ghana Post to introduce courier services to re-capture the business sector of communication.

He said the sale of stamps alone was not financially prudent. Mr Blay regretted that most people instead of using the Internet to access information, misuse it and sometimes defraud unsuspecting individuals.

He called on citizens in Sekondi to utilise opportunities offered by the facility and maintain it for future generations. Papa Ankomah said it was his contribution towards the development and bringing ICT closer to the doorsteps of people in Sekondi and its environs.

He pointed out that the facility would educate the youth, generate funds for development and create employment opportunities for the youth. "There are several opportunities for the elderly, women and children in ICT," he added.

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