Latest figures released by the Ministry of Communications Technology shows that Telecommunications Service Providers in Nigeria connect over 63 million Nigerians to the internet since the liberalization of the sector in 2001. This contributed significantly to the country's recently rebased Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which ranks telecoms as the fourth largest contributor to the economy.
Minister of Communication Technology, Dr. Omobola Johnson, who spoke at the Nigerian Internet Governance Forum (NIGF2014) in Lagos on Tuesday, noted that her Ministry was keen on facilitating universal access to communications infrastructure, promoting Information Technology (IT) in all sphere of life and promoting the development of the IT sector.
The Minister who was represented by John Ayodele, a Special Advisers, John Ayodele, said the Ministry hopes to continue leveraging on this success by ensuring that its 'Connect Nigeria' programme through which necessary infrastructure is to be put in place across the country is actualised.
She said this will ensure that broadband infrastructure gets to the nooks and crannies of the country.
"Furthermore, in our quest to extending the use of internet services to rural and underserved areas, as well as schools, Government agencies such as Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) will continue to provide facilities to Public Access Venues(PAVs) funded by Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) and NITDA," she said.
Also she noted that the Ministry's collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission (NUC), National Research and Education Network (NgREN), a World Bank, sponsored project, has reached advanced stages. The project is to provide connectivity to 27 Federal Universities in the first instance with plans to expand to others soon.
"Our 'Getting Government Online' initiative is geared towards ensuring that government deploys technology as a mechanism to transforming the way government operates and enhance the effectiveness of service delivery for the benefits of its citizens," Omobola emphasised.