Government extends voice and data connectivity to two communities in Savannah Region
Government has extended data and voice call connectivity to two communities namely, Mognori and Sumpini in the West Gonja Municipality of the Savannah Region.
The inauguration of the two basic telephony facilities is to enhance communication and link these communities to the rest of the world.
The facilities (Telephony) which include, two solar-powered masts, one in each community, and spreads to a 20-km radius in each of them (communities), would enable other nearby communities to also benefit from their services.
Minister for Communication and Digitisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful during the commissioning of the facilities, said connecting unserved and under-served communities would not only help residents in their daily activities but also for school children to put into practice their Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills.
She said as part of the government’s plans to digitize the whole country, her ministry is very determined to set up a robust rural network that will stand the test of time.
“About half, 1,010 have been built and about half of those have been connected. So, we are working on the challenges and we are sure that by the end of this year, all the 2,016 are built and connected for up to 5 million citizens who do not have access to internet to also utilise data and high-speed voice services for all their online interactions to be part of the digital revolution that’s unfolding,” Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful stated.
The Minister also assured those in standby communities whose projects are completed waiting to be commissioned, to be patient.
These two communities (Mognori and Sumpini) have over the years, been battling with poor quality voice and data service forcing residents to move to other locations including climbing trees to make calls.
The Chief of Mognori, Assan Sakara, commended the Ministry for the initiative.
He said the presence of the facility would improve the living condition of his people and spread development.