September 8, 2013

The study of Information Communication Technology in the Asokore Mampong Municipality has received a massive boost, following the commissioning of a new Community Information Communication and Technology Training Centre at Asawase.

The about GH¢120,000 project, funded by the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Asawase Constituency, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, is expected to provide avenues for the teaching and learning of basic knowledge in computer technology for school children, and also provide internet service facilities to the public at a fee.

The facility would also be fitted with other secretarial services such as scanners, projectors, and photocopiers to provide a one-stop business centre for residents living within the Asokore Mampong Municipality and beyond.

Speaking at the official commissioning of the project, MP Muntaka lamented the poor performance of schools within the locality, and called on stakeholders to collaborate their efforts at arresting the unfortunate situation.

The MP said there was the need for urgent attention to be given to the improvement of education in the area, and stressed the provision of educational infrastructure and other logistics to basic and junior high schools within the locality.

Muntaka disclosed that though lots of schools, through his initiative, had benefitted from facilities such as the provision of computers and information technology, a lot more schools lacked these resources, a situation, which he said, had impacted negatively on the development of education in the area.

The MP revealed that other project facilities in the area of health were also being undertaken, and cited the proposed establishment of a sick bay and nursing quarters at the Kumasi Academy Senior High School (KUMACA).

Asokore Mamponghene’s rep being asisted by the MP and MCE to commission the projectMuntaka, therefore, charged the Municipal Assembly and Ghana Education Services (GES), which will have oversight responsibility over the project, to ensure its proper utilisation and maintenance, in order to achieve the purpose for which it was established.

The MCE for the area, Nuru Hamidan, said the study of computer and information technology was relevant to modern courses, and expressed the hope that the project would help change the educational direction of the municipality, and improve the performance of students.

The Municipal Director of Education, Mrs. Agyemang Badu, acknowledged the support of the MP, and wished that other areas would also receive such facilities.