Accra , Mar 5, GNA – An eight-member Executive Committee of the Internet Society (ISOC), Ghana Chapter, has been inaugurated in Accra.
The Executive Committee, under the Presidency of Mr Marcus Adomey would spearhead the affairs of the Association for the next two years.
Other members include Mrs Vera Akumiah, Vice President; Mr Francis Amaning, Secretary; Ms Patricia Adafienu, Financial Controller and Mr Charles Nii Ayiku, Communications and Programmes Manager.
The rest are Mr Yusif Amidu, Membership Chair; Ms Andaratu Vanessa Issah, Technical and Projects Chair; and Mrs Maud Ashong Elliot, Education Chair.
The Executive Committee was inducted into office by Mr Eric Akumiah, Secretary to the ISOC Ghana Electoral Committee.
Professor Nii Narku Quaynor, Chairman of ISOC Ghana Chapter, charged the new Executives work closely with the internet community and to see their roles as an opportunity to serve, to have an impact on development in a very significant way.
He said the internet society was under pressure due to globalisation, however, they should be aware and as well prepare themselves to influence their local environment, to be in a positive direction with the internet world.
« Cyberspace is where we are all trying to go, but I am saying that it does not replace the physical world, even though it can have impact; but ultimately is about development, and if is about development, is about human development », he added.
Prof Quaynpr urged the Executive Committee to educate the public to understand how to work in the cyberspace.
Mr Adomey said they would work closely with the Government on two main programmes: To revive the annual Ghana Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and to reduce or eradicate the syndrome of « fa ma nyame » in Ghana with regards to cyber security issues.
He explained that they would work with the Government to provide the basic understanding of cyber security issues to the law enforcement bodies in Ghana so that they could at least interact with victims of cybercrimes.
Mr Adomey said again a partnership with the media would be among their priorities, to create awareness on cyber issues; declaring that « we will organise periodic non-hands-on trainings on internet architecture and services to media houses for better understanding of the technical aspect of the internet ».
Mr Adomey also noted the main technical project he intends to embark on with his team was the development of a Comprehensive Basic School Management Information System; an opening source which ISOC Ghana would make available to all Basic Schools in Ghana.
He said one key pillar in his vision for the Chapter was to take internet to the less privileged small medium enterprises and industries and introduce capacity building programmes and internet technologies to increase visibility, which would consequently increase their marketability and profitability.
Mr Fred Yeboah, Acting Director for Research and Innovation at the Kofi Annan ICT Training Centre, also tasked the newly elected executives to work collectively to drive the development of ICT in Ghana.
He said there were lots of Ghanaians who still look forward to experience maximum impact of the internet in their lives especially in the areas of education, doing business, communication and research.
Mr Yeboah said, he was hopeful that the new leadership of ISOC Ghana would continue the good work of the former executives and let the voice be heard on matters relating to the internet; whiles citizens were educated to make best use of the internet for individual empowerment.
As part of the ceremony, Prof Quaynor officially launched ISOC Ghana’s online dues collection system.