As plans continue to develop the Niger Delta, an area known to hold Nigeria’s huge reserve of crude oil, the agency in charge of developing the region, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is making plans to ensure that indigenes of the area enjoy internet connectivity and become more IT savvy.
During an interview with the Nation Newspaper, the Managing Director of NDDC, H.E. Obong Nsima Ekere said:
“One of the things we want to do is to have the IT connectivity in the Niger Delta. We have had several meetings and there will be more meetings. The marine cables that brought internet from the US and other parts of the world to Africa, brought the same capacity/bandwidth to Lagos for Nigeria (175million people), as in Sao Tome, with less than 70,000 people. So they have the same capacity as Nigeria and there is a lot of wasted capacity there. So the meeting we have had in the last two weeks is working with Galaxy Backbone, a federal government owned company, to go to Sao Tome, get marine cable and pipe that excess capacity directly to the Niger Delta”.
“We have set up a technical committee working on this and they will present their report to look at it. We want to make this happen. We have two years in the life of this board and management. We don’t have that much time. I want to be able to achieve this in two years. That is one of the things we want to do”, he added.
If this initiative goes well as planned, it will further help harness the huge human capital resources in the technology sector that abound in the Niger Delta.