The Minister of Communication, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) to ensure affordable internet access in Nigeria. The MoU is for a duration of 3 years. The MoU was signed during the A4AI Nigerian coalition meeting in Lagos.
At the meeting, the Minister noted that A4AI report showed high cost of broadband might hinder the achievement of UN Global of Universal Internet Access by 2020. He said that the report of A4AI serves as a wake-up call to the Ministry of Communications. Thus, a lot of work needs to be done and immediate collaborative action is required to build open and competitive markets that can drive affordability, applicability, availability and accessibility (4As).
According to him, “In order to rationalise the work towards achieving Vision 20:2020, the Government of Nigeria has developed the new ICT strategic roadmap, which is before the Federal Executive Council for approval. It details how Nigeria will leverage ICT to become a knowledge-based, globally competitive society by 2020”.
He also noted that, the Nigeria’s ICT development blueprint and National Broadband plan will be implemented holistically for the next 3 years to ensure getting broadband prices down.