Broadband Penetration: FG approves N24.2 billion for free internet at airports, varsities
The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) during its Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting has approved the sum of N24.2 billion cumulatively for the provision of free internet services at 20 selected airports, six markets and 43 universities across the country.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, after the FEC meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.
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The Minister confirmed that states like Lagos and Ondo in the South-West; Imo, Anambra, Enugu in the South-East; Rivers and Akwa Ibom for the South-South; Abuja and Kwara for the North Central; Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi for the North-West; Adamawa, Maiduguri and Gombe for North-East will enjoy the free broadband for passengers coming into those airports, particularly to ease the communication challenge and make online transactions.
It would be recall that the FEC approved a similar memo for the provision of unlimited internet in 18 universities in the first phase of the project.
The N24.20 billion project is to be implemented by the Nigerian Communications Commission for five months.