FG Promises to Reduce Cost of ‘Data’

The federal government has made a promise to ensure reduction in the cost of internet services by 2025.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy; Dr Isa Pantami, made this statement in Abuja, he said the high cost of data is as a result of vandalism of ICT infrastructure and Right-of-Way concerns.

The minister said the ministry is presently on a research and after the success, cost of data would be reduced by more than 50 per cent by 2025

He further states that the ministry will commence a digital training skills for farmers and those in rural areas.

He stated that this was one of the agenda to ensure a digitalized economy in the country.

Pantami said that his ministry had interfaced with state governors on the cost and other concerns associated with Right-of-Way for ICT infrastructure, adding that this had led to cost reduction.

The minister, who spoke during a training for journalists organised by his ministry and the National Information Technology Development Agency, also noted that the military had been providing support in terms of security for ICT infrastructure.

The minister said,

“We are making efforts to cut down the cost of data. Our target is for 180 million Nigerians to have access to broadband by 2025.”

“In our drive to make Nigeria a digital economy, we will organise digital skills training for farmers, for people living in rural areas who can read and write, as well as others.”

He said the government is working to ensure training for those who have ICT skills and they’ll be better than those who have just certificate.

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