The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) has organized an orientation session for some 300 NABCO trainees within the Greater Accra Region under the Digitize Ghana Module.
GIFEC is a universal access fund that facilitates the creation of awareness and capacity building in ICT and also doubles as the main implementation partner for the NABCO Digitize Ghana module.
The orientation of the NABCO trainees is to provide them with skills of bridging the digital divide and also enable them discharge their duties effectively.
Currently, the Digitize Ghana Module has provided employment for 16,000 graduates at a total cost of GHC14 million over the three-year period of employment.
Speaking at the orientation session, Administrator of GIFEC, Mr. Kofi Asante noted that Beneficiaries are to support operations of GIFEC projects such as Community Information Centres, School Connectivity, Digital Financial Inclusion, Smart Community Initiative, and Universal Access to Telephony, among others.
He said that government has set a target to achieve a 95 per cent universal access to telephone services in rural communities by 2019.
The target, according to the him, is being set on the back of successes made within the unserved and underserved communities in the country through its Rural Telephony Project (RTP).
Currently, there are about 1,020 communities within the country that have been identified to be without mobile signal as of 2017 and the government, he said, intended to cover all the communities through GIFEC in close collaboration with the telecom operators in the country.
He also urged trainees whom he described as extension of the Ministry of Communications to uphold good values that are critical for productive effort.
“As nation builders, lets us pledge to work hard with other implementing agencies to move beyond rhetoric and take action to improve the quality of lives of Ghanaians”, he said.
Also present was the NABCO National Coordinator Bowan Mubarak who cautioned NABCO trainees who intend to engage in the practice of double payment as a result of being on other government engagements simultaneously
He said the ezwich payment system will easily detect such practices and would be checked out of the programme.
he again cautioned that government employees who resigned from their posts within the month of October due to their engagement with NABCO would also be captured and checked out of the system if they do not make such clarifications to their district coordinators.
Mr. Mubarak also announced that trainees would receive their first allowance this November even though they have not been actively engaged within the month.
He indicated that biometric data of trainees would be used diligently in ensuring that the trainees do not steal from the system. However, he hinted the likely hitches that may delay the payment process due to the regularization of the payment process.