Nigeria needs $3.7b to cover underserved areas, says ComTech minister

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria 

Nigeria’s Communication Technology Minister, Dr Omobola Johnson, has said in spite of the progress made so far in the telecoms sector, the country still needs a whopping $3.7 billion to reach the various underserved people in different parts of the country.

Speaking on the challenges to government’s efforts to creating digital citizens through the pervasive spread of broadband, Dr Johnson said the government was working hard to resolve the bottlenecks surrounding the issues on right of way, multiple taxation, encouraging the demand side by ensuring people adopt the technology, cost of access to infrastructure, and the challenge of local content among others.

Sector analysts have hailed for her commitment to broadband deployment and development and for the progress attained so far which has elevated the country from the telecoms back waters to an enviable level acknowledged globally.

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