Nigeria’s minister for budget and national planning Udoma Udo Udoma assures Nigerians of internet connectivity in all 774 LGs in four years.
The senior minister gave the assurance while speaking at the 42nd Annual Conference of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) in Lagos on Thursday.
Hear him: “One of the projects supported by the Industrial Council is a project to increase broadband penetration across all geopolitical zones of the country.”
“This project is intended to ensure that within the next four years every single one of the 774 LGAs in the country will be provided with fiber connectivity.”
He said further that President Muhammadu Buhari-led government had been working to increase internet availability across all geopolitical zones of the country through the support of the private sector.
“Government has set up an Industrial Policy & Competitiveness Advisory Council (Industrial Council), with extensive private sector membership, as a vehicle for partnering with the private sector on the industrialization drive,” Udoma said.
Recall that Nigeria’s Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo had earlier said in July that the internet space and other technological inventions would in future dictate the pace of individual countries’ development.
Osinbajo who spoke at Google for Nigeria in Lagos, said Nigeria and indeed Africa must not be left behind in the development around these new technologies.
“We will be partnering Google and other technology providers to achieve the level of connectivity that would match the creativity of our people,” Osinbajo said.