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Nigeria to boost ICT infrastructure with new deal

January 31, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Technology Omobola Johnson has inked a new deal with Cross Rivers state government to increase the state’s information and technology infrastructure as well as create a knowledge city, the ministry said in a press release.

Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Technology Omobola Johnson (image: cp-africa)

At the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between NITDA and the Cross Rivers state government, she said that it should help “boost IT and telecom in rural areas and give this state the infrastructure needed to achieve its goals.”

According to her, the MoU marked a milestone in the efforts to develop a “vibrant software development industry that would serve the Nigerian and international market.”

Johnson reiterated that upon completion of the Knowledge City, it is “expected to incubate and foster start-up ICT firms and help to commercialise academic research in ICTs; facilitate the growth of small and medium scale ICT businesses through creative fiscal incentives and support programmes; create a pool of ICT skills and competencies that can be deployed well beyond the state; attract inward investments from more established national and international companies/mature technology businesses by offering world class scalable physical facilities and proximity to a vibrant ICT.”

David Eto

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