The Nigerian telecommunications industry is set to receive a major boost as social media company Meta plans to launch two submarine cables in Lagos and Akwa Ibom by the end of November 2023. This announcement was made by Director General of the National Information Technology Development of Nigeria, Abdullahi Kashifu, at the Global Tech Africa conference.
This move is aimed at improving internet connectivity in Nigeria, which has one of the largest populations in Africa. The cables will provide high-speed internet connectivity to the country, making it easier for businesses and individuals to connect with the rest of the world. The project is expected to create job opportunities and stimulate the growth of the digital economy in Nigeria. Meta’s investment in Nigeria’s telecommunications sector is an indication of the country’s potential for growth and development.
In a meeting with Nigeria’s Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu, on Tuesday, Meta’s Vice President of Public Policy for Africa, Kojo Boakye, and Director for West Africa, Adaora Ikenze, emphasized the significance of the collaboration between the tech giant and the Nigerian government in advancing digital connectivity.
During the meeting, both Meta executives expressed their commitment to working closely with the Nigerian government to bridge the digital divide and increase access to technology and the internet across the country. They also discussed potential areas of collaboration, including initiatives to support small businesses, promote digital literacy, and enhance online safety and security.
Kojo Boakye emphasized that Meta sees Nigeria as a key market and is committed to investing in the country’s digital future. Adaora Ikenze highlighted some of the initiatives that Meta has already launched in Nigeria, such as the #FacebookxBizNigeria program, which provides training and support for small businesses in the country. She also emphasized the importance of partnerships with local organizations and stakeholders in driving sustainable development and promoting digital inclusion.
Overall, the meeting between Meta and the Nigerian government was a productive and positive step towards advancing digital connectivity and technological development in Nigeria. With continued collaboration and support from both sides, there is great potential for Nigeria to become a leading player in the global digital economy.