2019 : Buhari promises increased internet access

As the 2019 general election campaigns begin, President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration is committed to granting increased internet access to the poorest in the society. The information is in the President Buhari and Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo’s Next Level Campaign Guide for 2019. According to the guide, the efforts of government in the past few years enabled internet access and promoted local content, especially among Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government. It stated that “following the Vice President’s visit to Silicon Valley, U.S., where he visited the headquarters of some leading global technology companies, he met Google officials. “ He met with Google Chief Executive Officer, Sundar Pichai, and its top executives in July and the global tech company now provides free Wi-fi access in several public places in Nigeria. “ This initiative will bridge societal gaps by providing free internet access to some of the poorest in the society. It will grant access to information, tools of education, improved business and job opportunities and expansion for many Nigerians.” It further said that the free internet access was in line with the administration’s plan to improve the country’s technology sector and leverage on the gains that a data-driven digital economy could offer. It added that Information Communication Technology (ICT) was the new oil, adding that oil revenues were no longer sustainable. The guide indicated that the first free Wi-fi sites were rolled out in some parts of Lagos State. Corroborating President Buhari’s achievements, Mrs Titi Akinsomi, Google Nigeria Public Policy Lead, said “Google is highly committed to granting internet access to Nigerians. We are here to develop to make the promise of the digital economy a reality in Nigeria.” Akinsomi recognised that internet access was like a venture and the company was targeting 200 free Wi-Fi sites in the country in the next one year. Akinsomi further said that “we are being deliberate about going to where there is need: we have been doing a lot of[…]

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2019: Women group to embark on house to house campaign for Buhari/Osinbajo

– More volunteer political groups are emerging ahead of the 2019general elections – One of such groups is a new women group in Niger state, North-central, Nigeria – The women have concluded plans to embark on a house to house campaign for the success of the present administration at the polls A new women group has emerged in Niger state ahead of the 2019 presidential election with a mandate to work for the reemergence of President Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Yemi Osinbajo at the polls. The group named Noble Women Movement For Buhari/Osinbajo Support group has already mobilized 274,000 across the state and has kick started its campaign for the presidential ticket of Buhari and Osinbajo with a mass rally in Minna over the weekend. The women promised to embark on a house to house campaign for the success of Buhari/Osinbanjo success at the polls. Coordinator of the group in the state Hajia Zaynab Abubakar said similar women groups are also being floated in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory with the same mission. The coordinator also disclosed that the group has also embarked on the mobilization and sensitization of women across the country on the need to be registered ahead of the elections, adding that the assignment had been a success story. “Our first assignment is to ensure that virtually all women of voting age obtain their voter’s card because It is only with the voters cards that we can reelect President Muhammadu Buhari, so if you don’t have voter’s card you cannot be a member of this group. “Besides, the mobilization for the reelection and sensitisation of women to obtain their voter’s cards, another agenda the group would pursue is getting women elected into public offices because women are more dependable and are not as greedy as our men who are daily defecting from the party that made them politically,” she said. She decried the spate of defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to[…]

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