ABUJA – The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Office, Abuja, on Wednesday said the Federal Government was committed to promoting the use of Internet in various institutions in the country.
This is contained in MDGs 2013 report, issued in Abuja, which noted that government would promote investment in broadband to make Internet as widespread as it could be.
“The Federal Government is committed to promoting and encouraging the use of Internet in schools and other educational institutions.
“The government will also strengthen the regulatory framework to promote quality in the services provided by Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) operators.
It stated that competitive business environment would continue to be provided by government to promote investment and protect the right of consumers through increased access and a fair pricing of services.
It also added that increase in competition and investment in the communication sector had helped to upgrade their fibre-optic networks.
It noted that Nigeria`s performance on goal eight, “promoting global partnership for development”, has given much hope that it would be achieved by 2015.
The report said that efforts were being made to keep foreign and domestic debt under control.
According to the report, the communications sector in the country has one of the fastest growth rates of telecommunications adoption.
It said that the prospects for high-speed Internet connectivity are very good, adding that the Internet penetration was expected to increase, to improve education and business in the country.
It recalled that the country`s Internet sector was hampered in the past because of underdeveloped and unreliable fixed-line infrastructure.
According to it, through the innovations in mobile and wireless telecommunication technologies, many companies are able to deliver wireless broadband access.
“This has been a key factor in the growth evidenced in the Internet penetration rate,’’ it said. (NAN)