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Sokoto govt partners UK to boost ICT, broadband penetration

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The Sokoto State Government has partnered the United Kingdom to upgrade the standard of the Information and Communications Technology, ICT, sector in the state.

This was contained in a statement signed by Mohammed Bello, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the state governor, Aminu Tambuwal.

According to the statement, the partnership was reached during the UK Fund Prosperity Fund-Nigeria Project Technical e-Conference on Right of Way, RoW, in Abuja.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the partnership, brokered by the Director-General of ICT in Sokoto state, Nasiru Daniya, was endorsed and supported by the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Liang.

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In his remarks, Governor Tambuwal said the development poised, “to reposition the ICT sector by facilitating the passage of the Sokoto State Information and Communication Technology Development Agency, SICTDA, Bill.”

“It is intended to speed up ICT integration and development across the 23 local government areas in the state.”

The governor added that his administration was committed to supporting the reduction in the cost of RoW to allow Broadband Penetration in the country.

Mr Tambuwal also pledged “to engage the British High Commission and other development partners to ensure that the state successfully achieve its digital agenda tagged: #SokotoDigitalAgenda.

He further pledged, along with other state governors, to take the issue of Broadband Penetration more seriously.

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“It is a prerequisite towards the development of the Global Digital Agenda, which could close the gap of the digital divide amongst nations,” he said.

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