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UG student develops automated Twitter bot that calculates E-levy charges

A University of Ghana (UG) final-year student has created a Twitter bot that automatically calculates and posts the E-levy fees one would incur on any sum.

When a user uses the hashtag @ghanainfohub and inquires as to how much they would pay for E-levy on a specific amount of money, the bot known as “Ghana Information Hub” responds.

Then, in less than a minute, it answers to the tweet and provides feedback on the precise E-levy that needs to be paid for the given sum of money.

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Kenneth Frimpong, a final-year student in the Department of Information Studies, described how the bot operates by saying that “one has to sign up or log in to a Twitter account and tweet ‘@ghanainfohub how much e-levy do I have to pay on an amount of money?'” for example, “@ghanainfohub how much e-levy do I have to pay on $1,000.00.”

The person is then retweeted with the message, “You will pay $15.00 on $1,000.00. The response is given to the twitter user in under a minute, and the service is available every day of the week, 24 hours a day.

According to Kenneth Frimpong, he is trying to add new functionality to the bot that will provide users access to the most recent data on job vacancies, current events, weather, and currency and gasoline prices.

He is also looking at enhancing access to information on health-related issues as well as in the social and business fields to reflect the name of the Ghana Information Hub. According to Kenneth, this idea developed while studying Programming of Information Centre Application.

He gained experience in coding using Python programming language, especially when he and other students were introduced to practical coding, demystified computer programming, among other related works.

The final-year students created applications for their final projects, which made up 30% of their grade in the course.

This finally inspired Kenneth Frimpong to create this Twitter bot.

Dr. Karim Awudu, the course’s lecturer, has expressed delight regarding the different cutting-edge applications that his students have created.

“I am thrilled to see my students—particularly Kenneth—apply the knowledge and abilities they have learned in the course to offer practical information solutions.”

“While my students have created a variety of applications, Kenneth’s idea is one of the best, in my opinion. We are also working on other things, and I wish him luck. There are no boundaries, he declared.

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