Ekiti Government Moves to Boost Internet Access across the State
The Ekiti State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, with a private organization, the Oodua Infraco Resources Limited, with a view towards providing internet facility in all the nooks and crannies of the state.
The State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi while signing the documents said that the step would open a lot of opportunities for the state in terms of job creation.
Dr. Fayemi also observed that the Internet facility would cover all the tertiary institutions, schools, security outfits and health institution in order to engage meaningfully with their counterparts in the world on best ways of doing things.
He stressed that the facility would go a long way to drive and achieve more on the state’s knowledge economy.
The governor explained that the Executive Order 007 which reduced the right of way charges from four thousand, five hundred naira to one hundred and forty five naira per kilometre, had begun to yield positive result as many Internet Providers shown interest to invest in the state.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Mr Bamidele Faparusi who said the project would be completed within fourteen months, maintained that all the streets in Ekiti would have internet fibers in the interest of younger generation.
Contributing, the Chief Executive Officer, Odua Resources Infraco Limited, Mr Sammy Adigun said the project would cost five billion naira, while Federal government would contribute over one billion naira and Ekiti State Government would ensure the completion of the project.
Mr Adigun explained that the six hundred and six kilometres internet Wi-Fi construction would commence on October this year.
While appreciating the government’s giant steps, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Mr Olumide Ajayi pointed out that the project would impart meaningfully on the society after completion.