The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu Ekkuful, has been adjudged the winner of the Digital Leader of the Year award at the 12th Ghana Information Technology and Telecom Awards (GITTA).
Ursula wins the award for the second consecutive year for her in recognition of her efforts in championing Ghana’s digital transformation agenda for national development.
The 2022 edition of the Ghana Information Technology and Telecom Awards (GITTA) was held Saturday, October 22nd at the Movenpick Hotel in Accra.
The GITTA awards also celebrated other changemakers and those providing digital leadership in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry with the aim of spurring business and enabling corporate leaders to innovate and provide better and more efficient services and products.
The Deputy Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ms Ama Pomaa-Boateng (MP), received the award on behalf of the sector Minister.
She commended the organizers, INSTINCT WAVE, for a laudable and inspiring event to encourage individuals and institutions to continue to work hard for a resilient digital economy.
She said the GITTA event was one of the most celebrated ICT awards in recent times and might be referred to as the Oscars of the ICT and Telecom industry.
Ms Pomaa-Boateng said the MoCD remains committed to the President’s digitalization agenda and would continue to work around the clock to transform Ghana’s economy.
To achieve this, she mentioned that the Ministry has implemented several initiatives including the annual Girls-in-ICT programme that provides a platform for Ghanaian girls in High Schools to acquire digital skills and stir up interest in them to pursue ICT courses at higher educational levels.
“Over 9,000 girls have been trained so far since the inception of the initiative in 2012 in Ghana. We also have the cyber security version of the Girls in ICT which focuses on the Senior High Schools and has so far trained over 50,000 young women across the country”, she stated.
The CEO of Instinct wave, Mr Akin Naphtal in a welcome address indicated that the GITTA awards are aimed at promoting and celebrating governments, institutions, digital operators, and infrastructure providers among others to share the progress of their successful innovations aimed at further enhancing the Ghanaian community as part of Government’s vision of building a robust digital economy.
“GITTA was created as a strategic platform to recognize, reward and showcase the pioneering ICT initiatives driving the Ghanaian private and public sectors with a vision of setting a benchmark to the sub-regions wave of development in ICT”, he said.