The Federal Government has announced the awarding of contracts for the deployment of broadband infrastructure in 18 tertiary institutions across Nigeria.
This disclosed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami stating that each of the projects will cost N400 million, as approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
Aside from the universities, the Minister said 20 markets selected across Nigeria will also benefit from the broadband infrastructure projects.
The projects are part of moves to achieve 70% broadband penetration in the country by the year 2025, as set in the Nigeria National Broadband Plan (NNBP 2020-2025).
Speaking during the award of the contracts letters in Abuja, the minister said 18 institutions of higher are the first set to benefit from the broadband initiative of the government. On how they arrived at the number, he said 3 were selected from each geo-political zone of the country.
The institutions, which comprise 17 universities and 1 College of Education, include the University of Lagos; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Federal University of Technology, Owerri; Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; University of Calabar; University of Benin; the University of Port Harcourt; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Bayero University, Kano; Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina; Borno State University; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; Gombe State University; Federal University of Technology, Minna; University of Ilorin; University of Abuja; and College of Education (Special), Ibadan.