Lagos - The Federal Government is committed to ensure that all major broadband projects in the country are completed this year, a cabinet minister said.
Speaking at a forum in Lagos, Minister of Information Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson, said the current President Goodluck Jonathan led-administration was committed to concluding every project it had embarked on before the next election in 2015.
Johnson said the president had given specific mandate that the broadband projects, which are poised to usher a new high speed internet regime in the country, be completed this year.
The minister said that government was targeting the transformation of key sectors of the economy under the new broadband regime, which was expected to fully take off this year.
According to her, sectors like education, agriculture, commerce, health, government services, entertainment, security, among others, were expected to be revolutionised using high-speed internet.
Johnson said the revolution would be driven within the scope of the 2.3GHz licensing process, which was expected to offer higher speed services for users.
She expressed government’s commitment to make the licensing process successful.
She said a lot of steps that government would further take would depend on the success of the auction process.
“There is a wide range of e-government services, which need to be introduced as soon as possible. These include issuing the National Identity Cards, driving licences and registration of companies, among many others. In order to introduce these services, individual departments require high-speed Internet access; so, from government quarters, there is a large latent demand for broadband access service from providers. So we are committed to seeing the success of the new broadband plan to be spearheaded by the spectrum sales,” Johnson said.
– CAJ News