ICT IS NOT A MALE PRESERVE, SAYS COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER Featured

By YAABA YAMIKEH, TAKORADI May 28, 2019 2527 249 comments

The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, says information and communications technology is neither complex nor the preserve of men and has as a result encouraged girls to venture into that sector.

 

She maintains there is nothing beyond the capability and ability of girls if they are determined and put their minds to it.

“I therefore challenge girls to go into ICT to enable them secure technology related careers and make good money for themselves,” she said.

The minister gave these words of encouragement in her opening remarks at the celebration of this year's Girls in ICT Day in Takoradi on Sunday under the theme “Expand Horizons, Change Attitudes”.

Mentoring

The two-day celebration started with sharing of experience by local and international ICT women mentors including Patricia Obo-Nai, chief executive officer of Vodafone Ghana, and Ernestina Appiah, CEO of Ghana Code Club, as well as Mitwa Kaemba Ng'ambi of Zambia Airtel Tigo. Over 500 girls from basic schools across the country took part in the celebration.

According to the communications minister, the event which is second of its kind since she assumed office, is a strategic move to motivate girls take to ICT. She said the world of work including traditional jobs were changing today thanks to technology with demand far outweighing supply.

The good news, she said, was that there are many vacancies in the ICT sector that girls who take to it would not have any difficulty securing jobs for themselves.

Caution

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful however advised them to stop taking nude pictures with ICT devices since these pictures could easily hinder their chances of securing jobs or aspiring to leadership positions in the future. She noted that although these nude pictures could be deleted from phones today, retrieving them for future reference is easy due to advancement in technology.

The minister spoke of plans by her ministry to establish ICT laboratories and clubs in all basic schools in the country to continue updating the knowledge and skills of students, not leaving out kindergarten pupils. She also spoke of moves by the Ministry in collaboration with Ghana Education Service and other communication partners to organise an ICT competition this year where girls would be required to develop applications based on their own surroundings in agriculture, sanitation and health care.

Gifty Twum Ampofo, Deputy Education Minister, advised the girls always to have mentors, focus their minds on something and channel their energies towards realisations of their goals.

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