The Internet Society Ghana Chapter has successfully organized the eighth edition in the series of GhNOG workshops at the Tamale Polytechnic in the Northern region of Ghana. The workshop which took place recently was sponsored by Internet Society and support by AfNOG and Africa CERT.
In a keynote address to open the Workshop, Prof. Nii Quaynor, the Internet Hall of Fame inductee and chairman of ISOC Ghana Board of Trustees charged participants to start building networks in the proper way with the knowledge they will acquire. He said this was the first time the workshop was being held in the Northern part of Ghana which has been marginalized with transfer of knowledge on network technology in the community-based capacity program offered by ISOC Ghana. “I challenge you to take the workshop serious and change the ICT landscape for development in Northern Ghana,” he said.
Dr. Abdulai Mohamed-Sani, Director of the Information Services and Technology Department (ISTD) at University of Professional Studies, Accra and Executive Director at ISOC Ghana chaired the Workshop and called for partnership between the Tamale Polytechnic and Internet Society. This, he said, could begin with series of capacity building programs to drive the Savannah Accelerated Development program in Northern Ghana being pursued by the Government of Ghana. “ICT must become a driver for economic development in Northern Ghana,” he added.
In a speech read on his behalf to close the Workshop, Dr. Abdulai Salifu Asuro, the Rector of Tamale Polytechnic welcomed the proposal to collaborate with ISOC Ghana for capacity building in the North.
Twenty four participants were trained on UNIX Systems Administration, Network Management and Computer Emergency Response Team training (CERT). The event was hosted by the ICT Unit and the IT Department of Tamale Polytechnic was facilitated by a team of instructed lead by Marcus Gadgekpo Adomey, Technical Coordinator of GhNOG.
Story by: Vera Akumiah