THE Ministry of Public Telecommunication (MoPT) in partnership with the National Data Management Authority (NDMA), and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) recently launched an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hub at Sisters Village on the East Bank of Berbice (EBB).
Addressing residents, Director of Community Development and Social Management of the NDMA, Phillip Walcott said the government is working to introduce more governmental services online. Soon, residents of Sisters Village will be able to apply for birth certificates, passports, make Land Registry queries and access other services online. Walcott urged the villagers to share their knowledge with others who are willing to learn, “so no one gets left behind as the country moves into the digital age”.
Also expressing satisfaction with the establishment of the ICT hub was Commander of ‘B’ Division, Linden Alves. The Commander noted that the community will now be able to benefit from the internet service. He also expressed appreciation to the MoPT, on behalf of the GPF, and made a commitment that the GPF is prepared to collaborate to establish hubs in other communities.
In August 2016, a survey was conducted in the village by regional staff of the NDMA to determine the youth population, the number of micro, small, and medium enterprises; safe spaces within the community and the cost of assessing internet service, among other factors.
Following a thorough assessment, it was discovered that the Sisters Community Centre was inhabitable as a result of vandalism. However, through community networking, the decision was made to approach the GPF to assist with providing a safe space within the Sisters Police Station to facilitate the ICT hub. Commander Alves readily agreed to the idea.
The Sisters Police Station has a youth group of over 70 between the ages of seven and 18. These youths are involved in skills-building activities such as arts and craft which they proudly displayed at the launching ceremony. The newly established hub takes the total to 17 established in Region Six, with another 18 slated to be operational by December 2018. Hubs have so far been established in Regions Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Nine, and 10.
Hubs are being placed strategically across the country to allow persons to access the internet and government services online. The NDMA, which falls under MoPT, is tasked with rolling out the public internet service. (retrieved from dpi.gov.gy)