ICT to rural Nigeria

All over the world, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is fast dictating the pace of development. From communication to banking, education to defence, oil and gas as well as health and agriculture, electronic technology has become the norm. Access to ICT remains low in Nigeria, despite liberalisation of the sector ten years ago. It was told that in parts of Africa where 70% of the population comes under the category of rural population, the people don't have interest in investing in businesses, not to mention the disinterest in terms of ICT.

It was estimated by CTO that only 10% (10 million) of Nigeria's 140 million population have access to the internet. In this scenario, the rural dwellers that constitute the bulk of the people are either totally cut off or under served in terms of ICT. The Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), a federal government agency affiliated to the National Communications commission (NCC)has a five- year strategic plan 2007 – 2011 which consists of five broad goals to promote the widespread availability and usage of network and applications services throughout Nigeria.

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