Teacher Gets US$400,000 to Establish ICT Centre At Damongo in Ghana


A National Business plan competition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme, Believe Begin Become has awarded a 32 year old teacher of Damongo Secondary School (DASS), Prince Yakubu Tahiru an amount of US $400,000 to establish an ICT centre in Damongo, the West Gonja District capital of the Northern Region.

Believe Begin Become (BBB) which is under the sponsorship of the Google Foundation designed and managed by Technoserve, and supported by local businesses and Professionals is aimed at inspiring innovation, providing skills and rewarding entrepreneurial drive as well as leading economic growth.

At a ceremony held at Damongo to launch Toplink Netware Systems (TONETS), the ICT centre established by the award winner, the Northern Regional Manager of Technoserve who represented BBB, Amisum Anyoka said Prince Tahiru was one of ten (10) award winners who were screened from a total of 320 applicants in the 2006 Ghana National Business Plan Competition Organised by Technoserve.

Anyoka also mentioned that Technoserve and Google Foundation have joined forces to promote entrepreneurship and private sector development in Ghana through a Business Plan Competition (BPC), and Entrepreneurship Development Programme aimed at helping business growth.

According to Anyoka, Technoserve BPC is an effective, high-return model for identifying, monitoring and improving the environment for entrepreneurs who will grow new businesses, create jobs, revenue and wealth in a bid to eradicate poverty. He made it known that entrepreneurs with robust business concept will have the opportunity again this year to turn their ideas into viable businesses through training, technical assistance and network building.

The District Chief Executive of West Gonja District Assembly Jambia Janet Alhassan, said the Assembly was ready with open arms to welcome development partners and private entrepreneurs in all fields of endeavours to help reduce poverty in the district. She explained the Government's policy in ICT for Accelerated Development (ICT 4 AD) which identifies community information centers (CICS) as one of the strategies to bridge the digital divide between urban and rural areas. The DCE also spoke of how the government supports private partnership such as TONETS' in promoting development. She, however, cautioned management of the centre to be extra vigilant on their clients who may abuse the facility by causing cyber frauds and other internet related crimes.

Prince Tahiru who is the Chief Executive Officer of TONETS mentioned in his speech that the centre provides general secretarial services, software and hardware training, Internet services, Computer Programming and installation among others. According to Prince Tahiru, the establishment of the centre was been of enormous benefit to tourists and who come to Mole National Park and also to candidates who register online to write WEAC Examinations. People, he added hitherto had to travel all the way to Tamale for such services. He used the opportunity to appeal to people of Damongo to support the centre.

(Source: Public Agenda)