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As Ghana strives to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1, 5 and 10, which are aimed at reducing poverty and creating wealth in conditions of greater gender equality, the Akufo-Addo government is encouraging more girls to move into information and communications technology (ICT).

The Second Lady, Samira Bawumia, commissioned a computer laboratory for the Choggu Demonstration School in the Sagnarigu Municipality of the Northern Region this week.

Having recognised the crucial role that women in information and communications technology play in national development, the Akufo-Addo government reviewed the “Girls in ICT” initiative, institutionalised in 2012, to include coding in the training module.

The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, says information and communications technology is neither complex nor the preserve of men and has encouraged girls to venture into the sector.

Ghana’s software pioneer Herman Chinery-Hesse has expressed excitement about taking up his latest tech-focused challenge: to give Africa a place at the table among the world’s top designers of cutting-edge software solutions. This time the maverick entrepreneur will be working through an unusual channel ‒ that venerable political union, the Commonwealth.