(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Ogun State Government has entered into a partnership with foremost Information Communication Technology firm, 21st Century Technologies limited ((21CTL) to execute Ogun State Digital Economic Empowerment Project (OGDEIP), which is meant to provide broadband connectivity across the 20 Local Government Areas of the state within the next two years.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo flagged off the project, with the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission,Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, representatives from the National Assembly and other industry stakeholders, in attendance.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, Osinbajo said, “This project is a critical component of Mr. President’s objective of broadband connectivity for all by 2023. This ambition is now enshrined in our Economic Sustainability Plan. As part of the national commitment to make broadband connectivity available to all, you would recall that in 2017, the State Governors under the auspices of the National Economic Council (NEC) in 2017 agreed to harmonize right of way charges which is presently being worked on.
“In another demonstration of government’s commitment , the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy launched the National Broadband Plan which is designed to deliver data download speeds across Nigeria of a minimum 25Mbps in urban areas and 10Mbps in rural areas, with effective coverage available to at least 90% of the population by 2025 at affordable prices”.
The VP also commended 21st Century Technologies for its huge commitments to the project , adding that this would revolutionize every aspect of the socio-economic life of Ogun state.
21st Century injected close to $75 Million to the project in expectation that the initiative would see the economy of Ogun state grow by additional $100 billion.
PROJECTED IMPACT: The initiative would see all business sectors and citizens of Ogun state operate digitally, using fibre networks infrastructure, knowledge infrastructure and marketing and network, which will facilitate GSM services, financial inclusion , data storage, development of innovative ideas by startups and universities, enable industries, while placing Ogun state in the heart of the 4th industrial revolution where science, technology and social media are rapidly transforming the world.