Ghana commissions free Wi-Fi for schools, tertiary institutions

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Government of Ghana has commissioned Free Wi-fi Project to tertiary institutions, also providing free-WiFi to all 722 public Senior High Schools, 46 Colleges of Education, while the work on this is virtually completed and will be commissioned soon.

The Ghanaian Vice President, Dr Muhamudu Bawamia who flagged off the free WiFi project in Accra on Friday, said it was executed by ECG, leverages ECG’s fiber optic network to provide free internet connectivity to tertiary institutions.

He commended the Board and management of the ECG, the Ministers for Education, Communications and Energy for making this project happen, as government’s digitization agenda is fully on course to transform Ghana.

The pilot covered 13 tertiary institutions within the ECG coverage area which are: University of Ghana, Legon; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi; University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast; University of Education, Winneba.

Also, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Accra; University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ho; University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa; and University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).

The rest are Regional Maritime University, Accra; Ghana Technology University College (GTUC), Accra; Ghana Institute of Journalism, Accra; Ghana Institute of Languages, Accra and National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), Accra.

Two other public tertiary institutions, University of Development Studies (UDS), Tamale and the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Sunyani as well as the campuses of newly created

University Colleges in northern Ghana, fall outside the operational area of ECG and will be served by the Northern Electricity Company (NEDCO) in collaboration with GRIDCO and NITA.

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