The Institute of ICT Professionals Ghana has taken another bold step forward. The first local chapter of the institute was officially launched on March 28, 2019, after an exciting digital conference at the University of Energy & Natural Resources (UENR).
The conference, organized by IIPGH BA Chapter brought together IIPGH members, technology professionals from industry, Professionals from Academia, Security Service Professionals and students.
The program started with presentations from The Dean, School of Sciences Prof. Adekoya followed by HoD Computer Science Dr. Weyori of UENR. Their presentations focused on digitization in Ghana for the attainment of the sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Police District Commander of Sunyani came in with some practical implementation of digitization being deployed by the police service to combat crime. He exhibited some of the modern gadgets being deployed by the police on pilot bases for surveillance.
The Executive Director then followed with activities by the institute to build capacity for the digitization agenda. Mr. Gowu added that digitization offers huge opportunities for young graduates but he added that would only be possible if students get the right training in emerging technologies such as Data science, Cybersecurity, Software Engineering etc..
Mrs Vivian Akoto-Adjepong was the next to present and she reminded the audience of the importance of getting girls and women involved in technology for the attainment of the SDGs. She indicated that only 28% of women are in Tech although women make up more than 50% of our population. She encouraged stakeholders to focus on getting more girls to learn STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Maths).
Then came the launch of the chapter, the Executive Director congratulated the BA Executives for working hard to setup the first local chapter of the institute. A short ceremony then followed and the BA chapter was officially launched. The Chairman of the BA Chapter Mr. Owusu Nyarko-Boateng in his remarks thanked everyone who supported them in establishing the local chapter and promised to mobilize more professionals.
Mr. Chris McQuansah the Vice Chairman of BA Chapter who was also the MC for the event brought proceedings to an end after the closing remarks.
The Institute of ICT Professionals, Ghana (IIPGH) is a non-profit professional body, made up of professionals in various domains of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) practice. The Institute is a connector of ICT professionals from Government MDAs, educational institutions, corporate organizations, start-ups, investors and the civil society organizations to create a vibrant ICT ecosystem. The organization aims at using its platform to equip professionals and students with skills in emerging technologies needed for entrepreneurship and employment in today’s fast moving technological world. In addition, use the expertise at its disposal to advice government and other stakeholders on best practices and public policies that would enable the use of ICT in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).