Government has started constructing a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) centre at the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange at the cost of $8 million, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, the Minister of Communication has said.
Dr Boamah said the project would provide 10,000 direct and indirect jobs to the youth of the country.
He made this known at a handing over ceremony of an Enhanced Community Information Centre (eCIC) in Tongo in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region, where he noted that, government’s pledge to put the people first, focus on building a strong economy, create jobs, expand infrastructure, and ensure transparent and accountable governance was key.
The Minister said President John Dramani Mahama had also commissioned the Eastern Corridor Fibre Optic Backbone, which would serve 120 communities and provide jobs for the youth in that corridor, including Jasikan, Kpando, Nkwanta and Ho.
The facility would complement the infrastructure needs of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Telecom service providers to offer value and benefit more towns including Bawku, Tamale, Bimbilla, Gushegu and Yendi.
The project, he said, was part of government’s plans to deploy massive Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure across the country and bring businesses closer to the communities.
Dr Boama said the eCIC in Tongo was the second in the region and the 21st in the country and would improve online services, such as processing of passport forms and registration of businesses among others, and urged farmers and traders to seize the opportunity to market their goods and services.
The facility would also enable students within the community to register and access their examination results and information regarding issues in other parts of the world.
He said the facility could be used in training software developers, programmers and hardware engineers, and stressed that, though the facility brought a lot of advantages, care must be taken against cybercrime.
He said to avert some of these problems, the Ministry had put in place Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERT) to respond and address reported cases of cybercrime.