Gold Fields opens ICT centre in Ghana
Accra, September 2014: Gold Fields Ghana, the country’s largest gold producer and highest tax payer, with mines in Tarkwa and Damang, has commissioned an Information Technology Centre at Huni Valley in the Western Region, in honour of the Late President John Evans Atta Mills.
The fully air conditioned facility has thirty brand new computers, all of which are connected to high-speed internet. At a cost of Five Hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (500,000.00 GHS), the centre was constructed to fulfil a pledge that was made by the company soon after the Late President’s death. The Executive Vice President and Head of West Africa for Gold Fields, Mr Alfred Baku, said, “Information Technology is a critical currency in our world today, creating immense opportunities for individuals while accelerating the pace of growth and development of communities,” adding that, “the company shares the late Professor’s love for education and passion for excellence.”
Gold Fields Ghana, through its Foundation, has invested heavily in education, health, water and sanitation, agriculture, and infrastructure. The company has spent approximately US$ 26million on social investment projects in stakeholder communities, about a third of which has been in education – providing infrastructure, scholarships, bursaries, educational material, teacher training programmes, and incentive schemes for teachers in stakeholder communities.
The Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Hon. Akwasi Oppong Fosu, who represented the President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama at the event, commended Gold Fields Ghana for complementing the efforts of government in developing the human capital of the country.
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