Nigeria: Airtel Takes ICT to Rural Communities


AS part of a strategic effort to empower more Nigerians in line with its key objective of becoming Nigeria's number one mobile Internet operator, Airtel Nigeria, has announced an empowerment initiative that focuses on creating awareness for ICT use and uptake in the rural areas across the country.

The programme tagged: ' Boost ICT Usage in Rural Area', is designed to help consumers living in or visiting the designated locations in these underserved communities to have first-hand experience of the company's unequalled data services with no financial implications to the consumers.

Starting with rural communities in Ebonyi, the Airtel ICT train will criss-cross rural communities in Imo, Enugu, Benue, Anambra, Delta, Edo, Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Cross Rivers, Bayelsa and Rivers. Others are Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Kwara, Oyo, Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory.

According to Airtel, the programme will also assist to facilitate ICT/Data penetration in the country's rural settlements.

Currently, Nigeria has 55,930,391 mobile Internet users out of a population of 174,507,539 representing 32.9 per cent penetration rate with heavy concentration in the urban areas.

Source: The Guardian (Lagos)  27 August 2014