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NITDA to create more information technology centres in 2014

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said on Monday that it would establish more Rural Information Technology Centres (RITC) across the country to increase the number of internet users.

Dr Ashiru Daura, the  Director-General of the agency, told reporters  in Abuja that over 228 RITC had been established in the last six years to boost internet connectivity in the country

“We want to ensure that we establish such centres in all the local government headquarters of the country before the end of 2014.”

He said majority of the centres were located in the rural areas of the country in a bid to reach both the un-served and under-served areas, in line with the government’s transformation agenda.

Daura said the deployment of rural information technology centres across the country was part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) directive.

He said that one of the objectives of NITDA was to provide internet access to undeserved communities.

The director-general also told NAN that the agency would contribute to boosting internet usage, to make Nigeria one of the fastest growing internet users in West Africa.

“In the area of technology incubation centres, NITDA has established two ICT incubation centres to facilitate software development in the country.

“The centres are in Lagos and Cross River; we hope that we will create more 25 successful ICT businesses by 2015,’’ he said. (NAN)

Babatunde Akinsola

Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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