Parliament has commenced what is likely to be a sustained advocacy for the expansion of training and assembling facilities by Africaâ€™s only indigenous owned Information Communication Technology (ICT) assembling firm, rlg Communications.
A visiting parliamentary delegation, which toured the companyâ€™s installations in Accra, got overwhelmed by preparations underway to position the firm as the continentâ€™s leading ICT assembling entity to create more jobs and increase access to ICT education and training.
The leadership of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism, toured the rlg Institute of Technology where they learnt at first-hand processes in administering the ICT Module under the National Youth Employment Programme, which rlg implements on behalf of government.
They also visited the companyâ€™s main assembling plant where they familiarized themselves with the assembling of personal computers, laptops, mobile phones and accessories.
The lawmakers had earlier visited the showroom and laboratories of rlg.
The Committee was toured rlg to acquaint themselves with operations and learn of their challenges and prospects.
They are expected to make formal recommendations to Parliament.
Both the Committeeâ€™s Chairman and MP for Abokobi-Madina, Alhaji Amadu Sorogho and the ranking member and MP for Subin, Ambassador Isaac Osei, commended rlg for the giant step towards revolutionalizing ICT on the continent in general and the sub-region as a whole.
They cited the impressive number of young people who have been beneficiaries of the ICT module under the NYEP, the on-going ICT project for persons with disability across the country as well as other interventions, which have them skill-oriented and productive.
They however challenged the company to expand to ensure that many more youth are granted access to reduce the unemployment rate in the country.
The MPs said an urgent expansion of the companyâ€™s assembling plant will facilitate rlgâ€™s readiness to â€śsee beyond the borders of Ghana and increase substantially the production of the two flagship products, rlg laptops and the rlg phones.â€ť
The Chief Executive of rlg, Roland Agambire said the visit of the parliamentary delegation had humbled him and that he feels more challenged to do more to improve the countryâ€™s economy while assisting to fight youth unemployment through skills acquisition.
â€śI wish to assure the honourable members that my dream to create one million jobs is still alive and on course, but its total realization will require the support of your good selves as legislators, government and indeed every Ghanaian.â€ť
rlg began operations in Ghana 10 years ago and has expanded to the Gambia, Nigeria and China.
The company is expected to increase its presence in more West African countries by the end of the year.