Nigeria: NITDA to Provide Wide Internet Access to Varsity Students


The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said it will soon provide wide Internet access to students in universities across the country. ProfessorCleopasAngaye, the Director-General of the agency, said this in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.

'We are looking at situation whereby we can provide wide internet service to universities, at least, get a pilot scheme to look at maybe two or four; how we can provide internet access to 20,000 students simultaneously.

'That will actually be breakout of the traditional system in which Internet is only provided between maybe 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., during day light hours.

'But if we can do that wide area Internet network for universities, students can use this Internet access 24 hours. We are looking for ways of doing that.

'Like I said, it depends on whether it will be approved in the budget. If it is, we will provide more research, more computing and more interaction among students in universities.'

He said the project would fast-track economic development through the use of Information and Communication Technology (CIT).

Angaye stated that the project, if approved, would commence with a pilot scheme with few universities and would be extended to other universities.

He reiterated the determination of the agency towards the transformation of the economy through the deployment of series of Information Technologies that would benefit Nigerians.