Nigeria to establish ICT development bank to fund industry-Minister
Bayelsa, March 9, 2018 (AltAfrika)-Nigeria’s Minister of Communications,Mr. Adebayo Shittu, says plans are underway by the Federal Government to set up an ICT Development Bank that will provide funding for the industry in order to promote and encourage young entrepreneurs in Information Communication Technology, ICT.. Reports the guardian.
The minister disclosed this in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, during the launch of the Bayelsa Ecosystem and Ignition Week, organised by the Young Innovators of Nigeria in collaboration with the Bayelsa State Government.
Represented by Mr. Peter Jack, former director general, National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, the minister noted that the ICT Bank will among other services, reduced the dependence on commercial banks for funding and also offer lower interest rates and grow the ICT industry.
“The current administration at the federal level has been conscious of the role of ICT and has, therefore, been committed over the last three years to ensuring that ICT facilities and services are expanded rapidly across the country.
We are working round the clock to ensure that very soon the broadband penetration in the country would have risen above 20 percent. Let me also state here that the achievement of 30 percent growth in broadband by the end of 2018 is sacrosanct.”