Even though the Accra Digital Centre, the centre for grooming start-ups Information Technology companies was inaugurated by the ex-president John Dramani Mahama with pump and pageant as part of the electioneering campaign in 2016, it has emerged that the centre is empty barely a year after its inauguration.
The Managing Director of the Accra Data Centre Kofi Ofosu made this interesting revelation in one –one interview with the host of ‘Epa Hoa Daben’ show Kwame Afrifa-Mensah on Accra-based Happy FM.
He said even though the idea to build the BOP was stated in 2010 under the administration of the late president John Evans Atta-Mills and completed in 2016 by the John Dramani Mahama’s administration has seen no equipment since it was inaugurated.
When I assumed office as the MD of the centre, I met an empty room without common chairs and computers.
He said he is still tempted to incline that the computers that were exhibited by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) during the hyped inauguration were hired.
The owners of the computers i guess moved their equipment from the centre the very day after the inauguration he argued
He said the centre which was built to create a technology eco-system for the development of start -ups companies in Information Communication Technology (ICT) has no equipment.
He claimed that the NDC managed the centre like it managed the much talked about ‘Dubai interchange’ which has become a white elephant in the Central Business Districts of Accra.
The Data centre which was housed in the twelve ware houses of Public Works Department (PWD) near Ghana Water and Sewage Company(GWSCL) district office near Kwame Nkrumah circle was totally empty with no chairs and the security was stationed there also have no chairs.
Under my able administration we are gradually turning the centre into a silicon valley of ICT to push the president Nana Addo’s agenda of making Ghana the ICT hub in the sub-region as contained in the manifesto of the party.
So, far because of the prudent management of the centre twelve companies have come on board and it is the expectation that eighty more will be enrolled by the middle of the year.
He quickly added that this was achieved with the massive support of the minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful.