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Government approves billions for free internet at airports, varsities, and markets

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved two contracts worth N24.20 billion for the provision of free broadband Internet connectivity in 75 public places, including 20 airports, tertiary institutions and markets in the country.Information Guide Nigeria

This was disclosed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami at a meeting, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.

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According THE GUARDIAN, he said: “President Buhari has approved two memos for the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). In these two memos, certain intervention projects are going to be implemented by the Federal Government, through NCC, of providing Internet in 20 selected airports in Nigeria and higher institutions of learning, and also some markets to support micro, small and medium enterprises.

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“The two memos are related. Memo number one is the award of a contract for the provision of broadband in some selected domestic and international airports. Twenty of them are going to be covered in the first phase of the project.NYSC Portal

“In each geopolitical zone, you have about three airports. So, all these airports are going to be covered and the Federal Government will provide broadband for free to passengers that are coming through the airports.

“The duration for the project is four months minimum and maximum of five months, and there is a budgetary provision for that.”

THE GUARDIAN reports that the Federal Executive Council sanctioned two major contracts for construction of a Centre of Excellence for environmental restoration in Khana Council and a 100-bed specialist hospital in Ogoni, both in Rivers State.

According to the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi, the projects are to facilitate efficient and cost-effective approaches to contamination management and environmental restoration.

It is aimed at supporting the welfare of the people, who have been negatively impacted by environmental degradation arising from years of oil exploitation and exploration.JAMB Result

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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