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Nigeria To Benefit From UK’s Digital Access Support Fund



Nigeria is set to benefit from a 1.2-billion-pound United Kingdom (UK) government’s fund to provide digital access support for selected African countries.

Head of Digital Inclusion of the United Kingdom, Alessandra Lustrati made this known when she led a delegation on a courtesy visit on the executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, and his management team in Abuja.

She said the UK government through its ministry of prosperity support scheme would be deploying huge intervention to the tune of 1.2 billion pounds to generate wealth, create job opportunities and prosperity in selected African countries.

She said the team was working on supporting the emerging digital entrepreneurs in the Nigerian digital economy, an area with potentials for job creation and wealth generation, adding digital access requires very holistic and quite complex effort to tackle the relevant aspect of it in the Nigerian digital space.

“Closing the digital access gap will require collaborative means to meet our strategies and needs to help address our challenges in specific ways as a regulator,” she added.

In his response, Danbatta highlighted three key areas for collaborative focus to include creation of prosperity which would leverage the power of information and communication technology to provide access to the underserved and unserved areas of the country; cyber security and capacity building.

“We have highlighted our challenges in digital access, digital gaps all over the country to which we have digital maps and access gap maps if that is required in order to ensure the intervention is directed where it is urgently needed,” he said



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