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The International Council on Development and Public Services (ICODEPS), an NGO has launched "The Village Phone Project", in Tolon in the Tolon/Kumbungu District for rural areas without electricity to use mobile phones.
The phone has a battery like that of vehicles that can be charged and is an initiative of Grameem Foundation (GF) of the United States.
As part of the Village Phone Project (VPP), ICODEPS would sell the phones to rural communities in the Northern Region without electricity at affordable prices.
ICODEPS is operating in four districts of the Northern Region and aims at helping to empower women, children and the aged.
It works to promote education particularly that of girls, community and rural development, peace building, human rights and advocacy as well as managing disasters and water sanitation.
Speaking at the launch of the VPP, Mr. Abubakari Sadiq Yakubu, the Executive Director of ICODEPS, said in a speech read for him that his outfit was also working to create permanent jobs for the youth.
He said apart from making it possible for rural communities without electricity to use phones, the NGO had also initiated a Micro-Credit Financing Scheme to help fight poverty.
He said the micro-credit financing scheme programme was a temporal measure meant to expose women and the youth to the job market so that they could embark on profitable ventures.
Mr. Yakubu pledged to extend the facilities to many districts in the region.