H.E Vice-President of Republic of Ghana, Hon John Dramani Mahama inaugurated the Tamale centre on Monday. It is the seventh NIIT centre to be established in the country after those in Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Takoradi.
The Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mrs Ruchi Ghanshyam, ministers of state, MPs and party functionaries graced the occasion.
The Vice-President commended the management of the centre for its decision to extend their services to Tamale to cater for the northern sector. He, however, urged them to open similar ones in the rest of the northern regions.
“ICT is the key driver to development in today’s global environment; it is for this reason that the government is collaborating with its partners to open up the sector for the empowerment of the people, particularly the youth,” he said.
He, therefore, advised the people in the area to live up to the challenge by taking advantage of the centre’s accessibility in the metropolis to enrol and improve their knowledge and skills in computer technology to make them more marketable.
The government is to embark on a $5 million information and communication technology (ICT) project to empower the youth in that sector, Communications Minister, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, has announced. In this direction, the offices of the State Housing Corporation (SHC) are to be rehabilitated to serve as an ICT hub in the country. Similar centres will be established in all the 10 regional capitals beginning with five this year.
According to the minister, this initiative is aimed at making the country a manpower pool for industry requirements and an attractive place for global business process outsourcing.
The Indian High Commissioner, Mrs. Ruchi Ghanshyam said the establishment of NIIT in Ghana was the result of the fruitful co-operation that had existed between the two countries over the years.
The Managing Director of NIIT Ghana, Mr Kapil Gupta, said NIIT was established in the country in 1981 to help address the information technology needs of industry.
“We have today grown to be amongst the world’s leading talent development companies offering solutions to individuals, enterprises and institutions across 40 countries. NIIT has trained 5 million students and professionals worldwide and over 40,000 in Ghana alone. NIIT Tamale is set to take ICT education to another level in the northern Region.” he stated.
Also in attendance were the Regional Minister (Northern Region) Mr. Bukhari Moses Mabengba, Minister of Health, Dep. Minister of Women and Children's Affairs, Hajia Hawawu Boya Gariba, Police and Army Commanders from Northern Region / command.
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