By Charles Mgbolu
Next week, in the F.C.T, the group; Broadband for Nigeria (BB4NG) will be engaging consumer advocacy groups, internet service and infrastructure providers, regional and national regulators, Government Institutions and Agencies in a forum that would be geared towards contributing a framework for developing national broadband strategy for Nigeria.
This announcement which wasÂ made recently by the groupâ€™s convener, Dr Ibrahim Aminu, says the aim is to produce a framework document that will guide the provision of broadband internet access to all Nigerians.
This document will then be presented to the Federal Government of Nigeria and key stakeholder groups for inclusion in relevant policies and to guide broadband implementation.
According to organisers â€œThe Nigeria ICT Forum would like to engage a broad spectrum of stakeholders to begin to discuss how we may fashion a broadband policy for Nigeria. Your voices are critical in this process to represent the rich and divergent views of Nigerians.â€
The goal of the strategy, organisers have said is to have broadband, with speed of at least 4Mbps, that is accessible, affordable and dependable to citizens and consumers in Nigeria.
â€œThis objective seeks to address the gaps that exist in infrastructure in the country and relates to both network infrastructure and end user devices.
It also seeks to address gaps in ICT literacy skills across the population; from basic ICT skills acquired through informal training schemes to the building up of more technical competence through the formal education system.â€