ICODE in partnership with Ghana Tech Lab and the Pathways to Sustainable Employment Program, Master Card Foundation, Ministry of Communications and The World Bank, held a local consultative stakeholders meeting on Friday 23rd April 2021.

The meeting was held with the purpose of focusing the role that digital media plays in transforming the local economy for job creation and economic development in the city of Takoradi, hence the theme for the meeting dubbed: THE ROLE OF DIGITAL MEDIA IN TRANSFORMING THE LOCAL ECONOMY FOR JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.


Mr. Prince Bonney (CEO of ICODE)

Mr. Prince Bonney (CEO of ICODE) started with the opening remarks and went on to give a presentation on a snapshot of the ecosystem based on the local ecosystem mapping. He gave an in-depth explanation on the activities conducted, the motive behind it and the outcome. He spoke about the need for both the ecosystem mapping and the consultative stakeholder meeting.

Mr. Prince Bonney (CEO of ICODE)


The western regional minster Hon. Kobby Okyere-Darko was in attendance of the stakeholder meeting, he gave a word of speech enlightening participants on the need to create sustainable solutions. He made mention of how technology affects the way individuals communicate, learn, and think. Stating how it helps society and determines how people interact with each other on a daily basis. Also talked about how technology plays an important role in society today, the positive and negative effects on the world and it impacts daily lives.

Hon. Kobby Okyere-Darko (Western Regional Minister)

He stated that as computing power improves dramatically and more and more people around the world participate in the digital economy, we should think carefully about how to devise policies that will allow us to fully exploit the digital revolution’s benefits while minimizing job dislocation.

Hon. Kobby Okyere-Darko (Western Regional Minister)



After that some stakeholders were given the turn to give a presentation on what identified as a key point in the forum session. There was a network session which allowed participants interacted with each other and exchanged contact to further develop ideas on the topic areas discussed.







Participants were divided into the six groups, each group representing the pillars that were used to mark the mapping that is Support Infrastructure and Hubs, Access to Finance, Human Capital; Education and Training, Media and Culture, Policy; Government and Regulatory bodies, Accessible Market, to discuss some of the challenges faced in society and to recommend ways that these challenges can be solved. Leaders of the groups in the breakout session presented their findings from their group discussions.


Stakeholder giving a presentation
Stakeholder giving a presentation
Stakeholder giving a presentation








These are some of the key points the stakeholders talked about in their presentation:

  • Digital Media: Potentials and opportunities
  • Key challenges and problem facing the industry
  • Skills required to satisfy the current digital media market needs in their communities.
  • Creation of potential new markets by digital media


It is announced for the information of the University Community and the public that the university will break for the Easter festivities mid- day on Thursday, 1st April, 2021. Work resumes on Tuesday, 6th April, 2021 Source: University PRO  


Ghana Red Cross Society, Western Regional branch holds annual general meeting

The Western Regional Branch of Ghana Red Cross Society on Saturday 13th March 2021 held the annual general meeting (A.G.M) at Bogoso St. Augustine Senior High School assembly Hall.

The meeting was attended by the Secretary General (Mr Samuel Kofi Addo), Finance and Admin Manager (Mr Alex Lambon) from Headquarters, Accra.

The outgoing Regional Chairman (Dr Edward Donkoh) and the Board, the Regional Manager (Mr Benjamin Acquah) and the staff, the Volunteer Staffs, All District Chairmen, Organisers,  members and stakeholders were in attendance.

The meeting started at 10.40am.

Various reports were read. District reports, secretarial report and financial report.

The Regional Manager (Mr Benjamin Acquah) highlighted on several activities of

Red Cross Society has embarked on in the Region.


He highlighted on the total membership of the Red Cross being 6,981 in all the districts in the region. Strategies such as:

  • Empowering the mothers clubs and chapters through livelihood support activities like batik tie and die, soap making and shoe making.
  • Sending text messages to individuals and groups inviting them to register to be members of Red Cross society.
  • Visiting churches to give talk and inviting them to join the society.
  • During the covid-19 education, market women, drivers and some individuals expressed their desire to join the society

The Manager also spoke about the following being key achievements being:

  • The massive memberships drive in the schools yielded huge results.
  • Increased visibility through risk communication and mass education of Covid-19.
  • Most of our members have been trained in first aid and certified.
  • Through the intervention, the society has trained 86 volunteers in 41 communities in 10 districts across the region.
  • The Society also donated PPE’s to various chip compounds, schools, market places as well as lorry stations in all 41 communities.
  • Comprehensive data base has been initiated to input and record the details of all registered members in the region.

After the report, the forum was open for members to express their opinion.

Elections were held and the following were elected as Regional board;

Frank Ofosu-Asante – Regional Chairman

Kenneth Dormah – Vice Chairman

Maame Ekua Afra   –  Treasurer

Dr Augustine Kwesi Amoako – Regional Health Advisor

Kamara Huseini  – Regional Youth Rep.

Immanuel Owu-Ewie  – PRA

Akpene Darko-Cobbinah – Legal Advisor

Dr.Edward Donkoh – Regional Committee Member

Gabriel Amihere – Regional Committee Member

Gordon Kojo Mensah – RegionalCommitte Member

Stephen Kobla Johnson – Regional Committee Member.

The newly elected executives thanked and assured the members that they will put up their maximum best in ensuring that organization keep up the good work being done to keep up the good name of the Society.






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