For a total of 24.2 billion naira, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved free internet access at 43 colleges, six markets, and 20 designated airports across the country.
This statement was made public by Professor Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy, on Wednesday after the FEC conference, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He affirmed that states like Lagos and Ondo in the South-West; Imo, Anambra, Enugu in the South-East; Rivers and Akwa Ibom for the South-South; Abuja and Kwara for the North Central; Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi for the North-West; Adamawa, Maiduguri and Gombe for North-East will enjoy the free broadband for passengers coming into those airports, particularly to ease the communication challenge and make online transaction
According to Pantami, “In these two memos, specific intervention projects will be implemented by the federal government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Communications Commission, including the provision of Internet in 20 chosen airports in Nigeria, higher educational institutions, as well as some markets to support micro, small, and medium-sized businesses.
The FEC had previously authorized a similar memo for the project’s initial phase, which called for unlimited internet access at 18 colleges.
The Nigerian Communications Commission will execute the 24.20 billion naira project over the course of five months.