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‪#‎GEJAchievements‬ in the ICT Sector by guzomaken(: 8:29 pm On Jan 23, 2015

‪#GEJAchievements‬ in the ICT Sector

The results of our administration’s efforts to make broadband more accessible and affordable are being felt in the areas of job creation in the North Central. As more people in the region have access to the internet, the doors of opportunity to the global economy are opening up for all in the region. Compared to ‪#Nigeriab4GEJ‬, costs have also fallen by over 63%, from about N95,000 in 2011 to N35,000 as at 2013, and it is continuing to fall.
Under our administration, the speed of broadband connection in the North Central has increased by over 680%, from just 1 MB per second in 2011#Nigeriab4GEJ to 7.8 MB per second in 2014.
Under our administration, people in the North Central have found it easier and cheaper to build ICT infrastructure. ICT sector reforms initiated by our administration have reduced bureaucracy and red tape in building ICT infrastructure. Consequently, the processing time for applications to build ICT infrastructure has been reduced to 30 days while the cost of securing ‘right-of-way’ has fallen from N5 million in ‪#Nigerian4GEJ‬ to N145,000.
Additional Fiscal and other measures were undertaken to reduce costs and improve ease of doing business in the ICT Sector. These measures have had far reaching impacts on people in the North Central. Easier, cheaper and faster communications have enhanced productivity and economic activities.
The new ministry of communication technology has helped to coordinate and spearhead the transformation of the nation’s ICT infrastructure. Several programs initiated by the ministry have had far reaching impact on cost and availability of internet access amongst other indices.
The creation of a new Ministry of Communication Technology by our administration in 2011 has helped to ease communication by people in the North Central.
The impact of the ICT Sector reforms of our administration are being felt across the spectrum from service providers to end users.
To transform the ICT infrastructure in the country in order to provide the necessary support for government’s reforms, we undertook a number of reforms, which have succeeded in building the necessary ICT infrastructure for reliable broadband connection.
Our administration views the extensive use of ICT in governance and electronic migration of all payments and business transactions as key to an effective fight against corruption
Unlike previous governments in #Nigeriab4GEJ, our administration quickly recognised that ICT occupies a core place position in Nigeria’s strategic transformation and is key to the success of government reforms, including E-Government, IPPIS as well as the on-going modernisation of the payment system.
When our administration came on board, there were several challenges facing the ICT sector and these included the slow development of reliable broadband as well as several uncoordinated broadband initiatives which resulted in connections that were slow, unreliable and expensive.
In #Nigeriab4GEJ, the idea of computerising schools did not go beyond the drawing board. Under our administration, computing facilities were provided to 74 tertiary institutions and 218 public schools across the country.
In #Nigeriab4GEJ, rural phone access was grossly inadequate. Our government improved the situation with the construction of hundreds of kilometres of fibre-optic cable to rural areasTeledensity increased from less than 60% in #Nigeriab4GEJ to over 80% under our administration.
Our administration established innovation centres to support entrepreneurs in the ICT sector and a Venture Capital fund of $15 million for ICT businesses.
We provided computing facilities to 74 tertiary institutions and 218 public schools across the country.
One of our achievements in the ICT sector is the provision of wholesale internet bandwidth to Internet Service Providers, Cybercafes, and ICT centres like Community Communication Centres (CCC) in rural communities – connectivity to 12 out of 18 pilot sites completed.
We facilitated the deployment of mobile communications base stations in rural areas of Nigeria.
A total of 266 Public Access Venues were established in 2013: 156 Rural IT Centres, 110 Community Communication Centres.
We have construction of 500km of fibre-optic cable to rural areas, with 3,000km more targeted for deployment.
The IT transformation has also led to online shopping in Nigeria, previously unheard of in #Nigeriab4GEJ. Value of online shopping grew 25% to N62.4 billion in 2011 from N49.9 billion in 2010.
Two IT Development Entrepreneur Accelerators (iDEA hubs) have been launched in Yaba, Lagos and Tinapa, Cross River State Compare#Nigeriab4GEJ
Mobile phone/voice penetration has increased to 85.25% of the population, compared to 0.73% in 2001 #Nigeriab4GEJ
The telecommunications industry currently contributes 8.53% to the GDP, compared to 0.62% in 2001 #Nigeriab4GEJ
Our policies have helped the telecoms sector to grow exponentially. Unlike#Nigeriab4GEJ, the ICT sector is the fastest growing sector in the country.
National Broadband Policy was nonexistent in #Nigeriab4GEJ. Now, it has been launched.
IT access at tertiary institutions was very low in #Nigeriab4GEJ. Now, 27 Federal Universities have been connected via 10GBps meshed trunk circuits.
In #Nigeriab4GEJ, e-commerce was only fledgling in the country.
Now, under our administration, Nigeria’s e-commerce companies, such as Jumia and Konga, are among the fastest growing in the world.
In #Nigeriab4GEJ, e-governance received little attention. Now, government delivers more than 50 services online, including passport and driving licence application processes.
Number of internet users increased from less than 30 million in #Nigeriab4GEJ to over 60 million under our administration.
Number of mobile phones increased from 60 million in #Nigeriab4GEJ to 120 million during our administration.
Number of mobile phones increased from 60 million in #Nigeriab4GEJ to 120 million during our administration.
Galaxy Backbone attained ISO 27001 certification in Information Security Management System.
We signed an MOU with Nokia Corporationto establish a lab in Nigeria to support the domestic mobile software industry.
Contrary to the situation in #Nigeriab4GEJ, we can now boast of in-Country Cisco Academy for highest certification – CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) to eliminate exorbitant cost of pursuing CCIE certification overseas and replace expatriate expertise with highly skilled Nigerians.
Unlike #Nigeriab4GEJ, our administration established a robust approach to deploying technology in government (e-Government) through coordinated ICT Budgeting process and IT Shared Services.
We instituted a scholarship scheme for Masters and PhD students in ICT related sector (111 scholarships awarded for MSc students and 12 awarded to PhD students).
We instituted a scholarship scheme for Masters and PhD students in ICT related sector (111 scholarships awarded for MSc students and 12 awarded to PhD students).
Facilitating e-Government drive is one of our major achievements in the ICT sector. Over 86,000 e-mail addresses have been deployed for Government on domain names, with 250 websites hosted on platform and 382 MDAs connected in Abuja and other parts of the country.
Unlike #Nigeriab4GEJ, we have put in place 10Gbs Fibre optic Network to connect Nigerian Universities to wider research and education universe, in partnership with the NUC, World Bank and TetFund.
In collaboration with CBN, we drove digital and financial inclusion using the Post Office infrastructure.
146 Community Communication Centres that did not exist in #Nigeriab4GEJ were deployed across the country.
As part of our commitment to improving the ICT sector, we deployed IT Centres in 240 locations in the 6 geo-political zones.
We deployed PCs and Internet access to 193 tertiary institutions in the Tertiary Institution Access Programme (TIAP).
Our administration deployed PCs to 766 secondary schools in the School Access Programme (SAP).
We launched the NigComSat-1R satellite to complement the fibre connectivity and provide more bandwidth for the nation. Compare#Nigeriab4GEJ

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