Kabakaburi ICT to be fully equipped, functional by mid-August
─ ICT Hub recently established
DPI, Guyana, Sunday, July 28, 2019
The Pomeroon riverine community of Kabakaburi will soon have its Information Communications and Technology (ICT) hub fully outfitted with computers and tablets to serve the residents. Just a few short months ago, several high-powered satellite dishes along with other equipment were purchased and installed in several remote communities including Kabakaburi.
These satellite dishes provide the community with internet service.
Minister of Public Telecommunications, Hon. Catherine Hughes, who recently visited the community, happily announced that by August 15, the equipment will be installed at the Secondary School Annex in the village. The ten computers and tablets are being made possible through collaboration with private business Pomeroon Coconut and Spices.
“What is important to note is that we are providing the free internet service to the community… We have gone to 170 schools and put the internet there. It means for the first time in many areas, children research material for their subjects,” Minister Hughes explained.
The minister spoke at length of the importance of the service. She added that ICT hubs can allow children to attend classes in Georgetown or any other part of the country without leaving Kabakaburi.
She also stated that it is a fulfilment of the government’s commitment to providing ICT services throughout Guyana in spite of the location.
“It was President David Granger who had this great vision to set up the Ministry of Public Telecommunications because we realised in so many areas in Guyana there was no telephone or cellphone service… That is why this government said we have to still be able to give communities like yours this internet.”
Minister Hughes was accompanied by a team including Floyd Levi, Chairman of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA). The purpose of the visit was to inspect the ICT connection, and to assess its capacity for more computers and tablets to facilitate the service.