- Ten million Nigerians will be provided with free internet access by the federal government
- The senior special assistant to the president on sustainable development goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire reveals
- She says she recently visited Silicon Valley in the United States and engaged with CEOs of several global IT companies
The federal government has said it will provide free internet access to about 10 million Nigerians in key locations across the country.
Vanguard reports that this was disclosed by the senior special assistant to the president on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire.
NAIJ.com gathers that Orelope-Adefulire disclosed this on Tuesday, August 14, during the launch of a pilot digital classroom at Pilot Science Primary School in Abuja.
She said: “The federal government is working hard to actualise the dream of a knowledge-based and innovation-driven digital economy. As you may be aware, I recently visited Silicon Valley in the United States and engaged with CEOs of several global IT companies.
"Only recently, we hosted Google executives who are working to provide free internet to 10 million Nigerians in key locations across the country. Google, like several other IT companies, is establishing a strong presence in Nigeria, not out of altruism but based on hard and rational logic of profit to be made and potentials to impact a large youthful market of 200 million population.
‘’The Nigerian digital economy will generate an estimated US$ 88 billion and create three million jobs over the next ten years.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Laolu Akande, spokesman for Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, said.that the federal government would empower two million petty traders across the country with collateral-free loans in 2018.
Akande said that the new initiative, called TraderMoni, would be implemented under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).
He said that the gesture was part of federal government’s efforts to further enlarge its financial inclusion agenda for all Nigerians regardless of social class and economic status.
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