FG Is Set To Provide Internet Access to 774 Local Governments in Nigeria

FG is set to provide internet access to 774 local governments in Nigeria and in the process create more than 300 jobs. The connectivity programme dubbed Project 774 LG Connectivity is expected to increase digital access and then create more than 300 jobs, both directly and indirectly for users.

FG To Provide Internet Access to Local Governments

FG To Provide Internet Access to Local Governments

Project 774 LG Connectivity is an initiative designed to tackle the issue of limited Internet and digital access by offering reliable and affordable Internet services and resources. By extending Internet access beyond government offices, the project aims to empower communities, enhance citizen engagement, and foster inclusive growth.

The implementation strategy of the project encompasses various aspects, including infrastructure development, capacity building, digital inclusion, and monitoring and evaluation. Infrastructure development involves investments in broadband infrastructure such as fiber-optic cables, wireless networks, and satellite connectivity. This is particularly crucial given the reported decline in Nigeria’s broadband penetration in late January 2024.

The Project Will Establish Regular Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanisms

To ensure effectiveness and accountability, the project will establish regular monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to measure its impact and identify areas for improvement. The first phase of the 3 million technical talent programme, initiated in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in October 2023, aims to cultivate Nigeria’s technical talent and propel the country’s digital economy forward. This initiative aligns with the Federal Government’s Renewed Hope agenda.

Plans To Digitize Public Services

In January 2024, plans were announced to digitize public services to safeguard citizens’ data, with Galaxy Backbone, a government IT provider, being part of the ‘Project 774 LG Connectivity’ initiative. Between 2018 and 2022, Nigeria witnessed significant growth in Internet users, with the percentage increasing from 26% to over 38%. Projections suggest that by 2027, 60% of the country’s population will be online.

The Nigerian Government’s $618 Million Tech Fund

Additionally, on March 14, 2023, the Nigerian government unveiled a $618 million tech fund aimed at supporting young investors in Nigeria’s tech and creative sectors who require assistance in raising capital.



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