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Rwanda | Rubavu: ICT setback linked to BDC closure

3 November, at 19 : 59 PM Print

ICT setback linked to BDC closure

Residents of Western province have suffered ICT setback due to the failure of Business Development Centre to continue operating as before.

BDC is a business development center that endeavors to equip Rwandan entrepreneurs with the real-world skills they will need to start and grow thriving businesses.

Initiated by Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Business Development Centre was later privatized to be more developed and productive but due to poor management, it was forced to close down.

The closure came as a result of failure to pay employees and some of us ended up disappearing with the equipments, employees reveal.

Residents of the area reveal that they have stepped back compared to the step they had taken in understanding information and communication technology.

“We had started pursuing online courses and creating jobs through entrepreneurship development program, which all came at halt when the centre in Mahoko sector was closed, some youth lament

However, BDC in Nyabihu district had trained 400 residents how to use computer programs and 180 of them had got International certificates in computer courses.

Pastor John Gatera, Head of Goodneighbor.Inc limited that was given charge of BDC in Western province, revealed in an interview that problems arose due to handover ceremony between RDB and Goodneighbor.inc limited.

Asked on employees’ salaries, Pastor Gatera said that he is working on it though reliable sources say there are no signed contracts, which makes employees steal BDC materials.

With the support of Rwanda development board, BDC is responsible for extending ICT to residents and training them how to use it.

 

Though it was planned that 1200 get ICT training this year 2012, only 600 people have received training in western province.

Residents request the government to follow up on the development centres so that residents are not lagged behind in this technology era.

 

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