The Federal Government says it intends to achieve at least 90 percent broadband penetration for the citizenry to have effective internet access by the year 2025.
This is in accordance to its broadband plan for the next five years.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami stated this while virtually commissioning eleven ICT based digital projects in various parts of the country.
The eleven ICT projects which consists digital skill training, security and emergency services and capacity building rests on the tripod of the new norm brought about by the COVID 19 pandemic and the need to actualize the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari on the digital economy.
Cutting across the three point agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration which are Economic diversification security and anti-corruption the projects were sited in Owerri in Imo State, Maiduguri in Borno State, Gumel in Jigawa State, Ayingba in Kogi State, Ilorin in Kwara State, Calabar in Cross River State, Mbiama in Rivers State, Abraka in Delta State, Gombe and Bauchi states.
Dr Pantami said broadband penetration was at its highest of over 40 percent since year 2000 saying the major challenge pf broadband penetration for effective internet access was vandalism of telecom infrastructure.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the COVID 19 pandemic has further created an avenue for innovations, cheaper and effective governance and youth empowerment.
He commended various state governments for their support in achieving the eleven projects in such short time.
In a remark, the Minister of State For Education, Chief Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba said 7 of the ICT projects which were domiciled in various educational institutions was an Indicator to the fact that the present administration was determined to harness the ICT sector to check unemployment and enhance diversification.