NIGERIAN FG LAUNCHES N40M NATIONAL WEBSITE

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Launching the national web portal in Abuja, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mr. Chukwuemeka Chikelu, said "it is our country's information gateway and it seeks to provide a one-stop access to everything you want to know about Nigeria, about Nigerians about the government and its agencies and about investment opportunities in the country."

Chikelu said the new national web portal was the product of the "comprehensive of the national portal," which his ministry embarked upon in March, with a view to "creating a robust national presence on the world wide web."

He said the web portal fashioned after those of the developed world and conforms to the international best standards, was envisioned to be a one-stop hub where government and country information and statistics and other data that could be assessed by the public.

He said the opening of the web represented the efforts of the Federal Government to "break the new frontiers in national self-affirmation in claiming our own slot in cyberspace and communicating with the rest of the world as members of the civilised and information technology (IT) compliant humanity." He noted that "Nigeria now has a strong and sure web footprint."

"It warehouses everything as a central information pool, leading to links and addresses that will give you the most reliable data on every aspect of our national life," he added. Chikelu, who said the website has aggregated 153 Nigerian languages and have the option of being assessed in 13 international languages, added that it is linked to nearly 40 ministries and nearly 200 government sites, in addition to NTA and FRCN news.

The minister said the web would "serve as the authoritative reference point for current information about the country's economy, politics, tourism, culture, investment opportunities and all other information on and about Nigeria."

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