By Prince Osuagwu
for rural dwellers itching to enjoy the benefits of wide growing technological exploits of Nigeria like their counterparts in the urban areas, there is a reprieve at last.
This is as one of Nigeriaâ€™s companies involved in the deployment of multi-transactional self-service terminals and Automatic Teller Machines, ChamsAccess, has concluded plans to launch rural-based mobile internet units across Nigeria.
According to the firm, the project is made possible with the partnership of National Information Development Agency, NITDA.
The deployment when completed, is expected to help improve access of rural dwellers to IT-based transactions and communications facilities.
ChamsAccess Project Manager, Mr. Biodun Ademoye, told Hi-Tech that the project entails the deployment of ChamsAccess booths and kiosks which have facilities for internet browsing, ATM, point of sales terminals and complementary services such as telephony, e-ticketing, recharge card vending, bill payments among others.
He added that the ChamsAccess/NITDA initiative is a strategic partnership which aims to enhance universal access to information and communication technologies in the rural areas of Nigeria and improve quality of lives of people through the Rural Information Technology Centres that government would be helping to establish across the country.
â€œWe believe that technology can help improve the quality of lives of people and in Nigeria, the rural areas are often the places that are not easily reached. We have therefore taken this challenge to bring technology tools closer to the rural dwellers so that they too can be part of the global IT revolution,â€ Ademoye stated.
The firm is also set to inaugurate the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Rural Information Technology Centre (RITC) in a formal ceremony to be held at the Guard Brigade headquarters in Abuja . However, the event according to Ademoye, would be a prelude to other centres, spread across rural communities in 85 Local Government Areas of the Federation.
He added that with this project, Nigeria would achieve an improved e-readiness status and effectively implement the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) framework for Rural Information Technology Centres.Â It will also contribute significantly to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Index.