The federal government has concluded its plans on a comprehensive roadmap to attain affordable internet and broadband services across the country.
The roadmap would also address underserved and unserved communities in rural areas and places affected by security challenges, especially in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states and about 300 communities across Nigeria.
The Minister of Communications, Innovations and Digital Economy, Dr Bosun Tijani is spearheading the drive with telecom stakeholders and regulatory bodies to improve and accelerate broadband penetration beyond the current 45.5 percent.
Dr Tijani has been largely quiet in pursuing his agenda for the ministry, insisting that it should be in tandem with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu to create jobs, wealth and reduce poverty.
A document emanating from the office of the minister showed that for the first quarter of 2024, the Minister approved the launch of an initiative to boost broadband development and adoption in Edo, Ogun, Kwara, Katsina, Imo, Abia, Borno, and Nasarawa states.
Katsina, Kwara and Edo states have zero charges for RoW, making it possible for telecom companies to lay fibre optic cables and install infrastructures seamlessly.