President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration is determined to provide increased internet access to less privileged Nigerians. The information was contained in President Buhari’s 2019 campaign guide tagged “Next Level.”
According to the guide, the efforts of government in the past few years enabled internet access and promoted local content, especially among Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government.
It stated that “following the Vice President’s visit to Silicon Valley, U.S., where he visited the headquarters of some leading global technology companies, he met Google officials.
“He met with Google Chief Executive Officer, Sundar Pichai, and its top executives in July and the global tech company now provides free Wi-fi access in several public places in Nigeria.
“This initiative will bridge societal gaps by providing free internet access to some of the poorest in the society. It will grant access to information, tools of education, improved business and job opportunities and expansion for many Nigerians.”
The document further stated that the free internet access was in line with the administration’s plan to improve the country’s technology sector and leverage on the gains that a data-driven digital economy could offer to the emerging technological drive.
It discloses that Information Communication Technology (ICT) was the new oil, noting that oil revenues were no longer sustainable to carter for the population growth.
Corroborating President Buhari’s achievements, Mrs Titi Akinsomi, Google Nigeria Public Policy Lead, said “Google is highly committed to granting internet access to Nigerians.
Akinsomi explained that internet access was like a venture, stressing that the company was targeting 200 free Wi-Fi sites in the country in the next one year.