- VICE President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has lamented over the poor Information and Communication Technology (ICT) use in Africa, saying that Africa has only 2.5% of the world’s telephone lines penetration despite having about 13% of the world population. He then revealed that African governments, aimed at accelerating ICT development in Africa, have established an e-Africa Commission.
The Vice President who was speaking at the Opening ceremony of Afrinet (Africa Internet Summit and Exhibition) 2005, in Abuja told the gathering of Africa ICT family that the poor telephony problem of Africa means that telephone lines penetration is roughly 3 per 1000 inhabitants. "The ratio contrast with roughly 12, 35 and 37 for Asia, North America and Europe respectively," he observed.
Speaking on e-Africa Commission, Abubakar said that the commission would provide a submarine Fibre Optic linking East African countries and a Broadband Fibre Optic links from landlocked countries to Submarine Cable landing stations to connect all 54 African countries with the rest of the world. "The commission would also develop a rationale system of terrestrial Fibre Optic cables that provide an economical, robust network and establish an e-Learning project.
The e-Learning Project according to him is in association with African Virtual University which would result in the transformation of all primary and secondary schools in Africa into e-Schools by 20015. He described the e-Schools Initiative as being the most vital as it would produce generations of Africans well equipped to face the demand of the global Information Society.
According to the Vice President, a Digital Solidarity Fund would also be established for Africa for the Mobilisation of resources to support cash-strapped African Countries.
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