NIGERIAN FEC APPROVES N65 BILLION FOR RURAL GSM
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) ordered the release of N65 billion for the provision of infrastructure that would enhance the roll-out of rural GSM in 576 local government areas across Nigeria in March next year.
The Minister of Communications, Chief Anibaba said the Rural GSM was part of the National Rural Telephoning System (NRTS) which was initiated by government to support the existing GSM, giving that current providers of the service declined to go into the rural areas because of the cost implications.
He disclosed that government is committing N65 billion for the provision of infrastructure for the first and second phases of the three-phased project which have fully commenced in 576 Area Councils while 30 telephone service providers have already shown interest to roll-out in march next year.
The first phase, he added, would cover 218 Councils at the cost of $200 million to be handled by two firms while the second phase stretches through 358 Council at the cost of $300 million to be handled by three firms; and the remaining 200 are billed for the third phase that will take-off next year..