Broadband Expansion Program gets on to ‘high-speed’ start
konknaijaboy | On 12, Mar 2013
Mr. Kunle Awoluyi presenting BbExPro workshop Report to Minister Omobola Johnson
A common view expressed by both the Minister of Communication Technology and the Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, at the closing ceremony of a recent Broadband Workshop in Lagos is that the Federal Government would support initiatives which aim at fast-tracking the rollout of broadband infrastructure and content development.
In an address titled ‘’A Commitment to Growing and Funding Ubiquitous Broadband Access’ Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, noted that Government will (also) continue to intervene financially in network build out in unserved and undeserved areas through the universal service fund and other creating means of funding.
Dr Eugene Juwah who spoke through Mr. Tony Ojobo, NCC’s Director of Public Affairs also said with the level of interest being shown at the highest level of governance in Nigeria, there is reason to believe that government will support these initiatives when they are well defined for implementation.
Earlier in the 3 days Business workshop which is the take-off event of the Broadband Expansion Program, Mr. Titi Omo-Ettu, Coordinator of the Program had asked delegates to regard the entirety of Nigeria as an underserved community in terms of high speed internet access and urged them to formulate an initiative that is capable of providing a wholesale solution to the issue of broadband paucity in the country.
Mr. Kunle Awoluyi, who presented a report of the Workshop and a Bill of Requests to the Minister, said the major output of the 3 days discussion is the need that government supports the cost of Right of Way across the country using the USPF and other institutional funding mechanisms.