The President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), said Tuesday that there is currently 100 percent broadband penetration across the country.
Buhari made the announcement at the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture’s first Digital Economy Conference held at the Abuja Chambers of Commerce and Industry Complex.
Through Communications and Digital Economy Minister Isah Patami, the president said reports claiming the country had only achieved broadband penetration of 43 percent were outdated.
“One of the richest people in the world announced that Nigeria has outstanding broadband penetration among 54 African countries. As I speak to you today, broadband penetration in Nigeria is 100 percent,” Buhari said.
He explained that the federal government increased broadband penetration by 77 percent from 23 percent coverage in 2019 to 100 percent in 2023.
“Broadband is now available everywhere in the country, whether in the city, in the country or in the desert. We are the first African country to achieve this and the only one so far,” the President said.
This comes as the President revealed that the Communications Department’s quarterly revenue had increased significantly, adding that “we went from generating N51 billion in three months to generating N408 billion in three months”.
NACCIMA National President John Udeagbala said the conference was put together to promote the technology ecosystem, identify potentials of the digital economy for job creation and identify opportunities that exist in the technology industry in Nigeria.