The government is embarking on a national rural telephony and national roaming project for rural communities without a stable connection to the mobile network.
The project, which should cover all rural communities in the country, will begin this year.
Communications and Digitalization Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said the project will open up rural people to the national economy and facilitate access to government services, especially for business purposes.
She revealed this during the commissioning of the ICT cyber laboratory for the Methodist Basic School of Nkoranza, the rural telephone site of Boabeng Fiema and the rural telephone project of Chirehin in the Bono East region.
“We are determined to ensure that the digital economy is felt in all parts of this country, which is why the government will support all partners and the Ghana Electronic Communications Investment Fund (GIFEC). We are embarking on an aggressive rural telephony and national roaming project.
This will ensure that every corner of the country has access to the mobile network – both voice and data. It will also accelerate rural economic growth and also open up the economy to our rural and underserved populations,” she said.
The establishment of the project sites was funded by GIFEC under the Ghana Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project.
Bono East Regional Minister Kwasi Adu-Gyan took the opportunity to remind the community of the importance of the facilities.
He assured that the regional coordinating council will work diligently with the local assemblies to ensure that they are well used.
Speaking on the tourism potentials of the region, he pointed out the poor nature of the roads to some tourist spots in the region like the Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary.
However, he noted that efforts are being made to give them a facelift and complement ongoing projects in the region.