rLG delivers school laptops
GOVERNMENTBy BiztechAfrica - Sept. 26, 2011, 10:30 a.m.
Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Ghana’s only mobile phone and laptop assembling company, rLG, has made another ground-breaking move by assembling and supplying 60 000 laptops to the Ministry in charge of Education in Ghana, as part of its commitment to helping the government to provide ICT tools to basic schools across the country.
The current partnership between the rLG and the Ministry of Education is intended to make many teachers and pupils computer literate by the end of 2012 through the initial provision of some 60 000 computers for the project.
The Chief Executive Officer of rLG Communications, Roland Agambire, who presented the 60 000 brand new laptops to the Minister of Education Betty Mould-Iddrisu used the occasion to call on government to recognise and patronise products manufactured in Ghana.
He said this would go a long way towards boosting the establishment of a manufacturing industry in Ghana and improving the country’s economic outlook.
He said rLG’s partnership with government is an opportunity for the company to set the pace in technological innovation.
With branches throughout the country, rLG intends employing 30 000 youth in its assembly plant by the end of next year.
The Minister of Education also commended the Ghanaian company for its commitment to the Basic School Computerisation Project, which is part of the E-school policy launched by the Ministry of Education to enhance teaching and learning at the basic level.
The Minister disclosed that regions and districts would be provided with facilities to service the computers delivered to the areas.
She said having in place interventions like these would put Ghana in a class where the country can compete with the likes of South Africa in the area of education.
The delivery of locally assembled laptops to government agencies is the third of its kind within this year made by rLG communications.
The first two deliveries were made to the Ministry of Environment Science and Technology where 9 000 laptop computers were distributed to various schools under the Better Ghana Agenda- ICT Project, the MATTRESS Programme.
The Deputy Minister of Environment Science and Technology, Dr. Omani Boamah, told Biztechafrica that the government’s ability to take delivery of such a huge number of computers demonstrated its commitment in bridging the ICT gap in our educational system.
He noted that the Better Ghana Agenda of the incumbent NDC government was on course, and said the youth of Ghana would be the final beneficiaries of this project.
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