Jun 03, 2018 News
Blairmont in Region Five and Black Bush Polder in Region Six are the most recent beneficiaries of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Hubs, bringing the total to 119.
The ICT hubs were on Friday officially opened by Minister of Public Telecommunications Catherine Hughes.
Minister Hughes, speaking during the opening ceremony of the Black Bush Polder hub, said it is a perfect example of public-private partnership. She pointed out that young people in Guyana, with access to ICT hubs are being afforded the same opportunities as those in developed countries. Access to the internet, the Minister underscored, will improve the life of every Guyanese, pointing to the numerous possibilities for entrepreneurship.
The Yakusari ward now has free Wi-Fi at the community centre, a major development for the area.
Importantly, the Public Telecommunications Minister said the ICT hub initiative augurs well for the education sector, allowing students to complete research in a safe and comfortable space.
She announced that in a few weeks Grade Six Assessment applications, curriculum guides and CXC applications will be loaded onto the computers in the ICT hubs.
While at Blairmont, Minister Hughes explained to residents the administration’s vision of making available over 200 government services online, such as passport applications.
Speaking along similar lines, Chairman, National Data Management Authority (NDMA), Floyd Levi, said the government is not only providing the laptops and free Wi-Fi, but also training.
He called on the Management Committees to ensure that every citizen, regardless of age, is given access to the hubs and computers.
In the coming weeks, the ICT hubs across the country will have posters with a list of useful websites to assist citizens with research.
The hubs at Black Bush Polder and Blairmont are equipped with 10 and 15 laptop computers respectively.
Additionally, Minister Hughes, NDMA chairman Levi and Director, NDMA, Phillip Walcott, were awarded medals of appreciation by Chairman of the Yakusari Cultural Centre, Mohabir Ramnauth.
The Centre houses the Black Bush Polder hub while the Blairmont hub is housed at the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) office.
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