By: Vincent Gunde
MINISTER CALLS DOWA PEOPLE TO CARE FOR TELECENTRE
Minister of Information, Civic education and Communication Technology, Mark Botomani, has called on the Dowa people to care for the newly constructed telecentre saying it will connect them to the rest of the world.
Botomani said security lies in all the people of the district to ensure that the facility is free from vandalization.
Pic: Minister of Information, Civic education and Communication Technology, Mark Botomani cutting a ribbon marking official opening of Mauni telecentre at Mponela in Dowa
Speaking when he officially opened the tekecenter at Mponela in Dowa, Botomani said Mponela telecentre is one of the 32 telecentres constructed in the country during the first and second phase of connect a constituency.
He said government will establish telecentres in all constituencies and schools through the Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority ( MACRA).
The minister assured Malawians that telecentres will improve communication skills as people will be able to connect with others in other districts for information sharing.
Speaking earlier, Dowa District Council’s chairperson, Councilor Martin Luka Phiri, asked government to provide telecentres to all wards other than one per constituency lamenting that users walk long distances to access internet services.
Member of Parliament for Dowa Central ,Darlington Harawa, said the area is lacking behind interms of developments saying it needs good road network and also telecommunication network is very hard.
Harawa asked MACRA to check the service providers saying network in the area is poor.
In his remarks, MACRAs Board chairperson, Reverend Alex Maulana, said technology is key to the development of any area for it to improve.
Rev. Maulana called for the need to improve communicatios so that their should not be a gap between the youths in the rural areas and those in the urban centres.