Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the Federal Government is committed to providing free Wi-fi at economic sites in the country.
Osinbajo said this in Abuja during the launch of free Wi-Fi facility in line with the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s resolve to helping small business.
According to him, “this is a very exciting event for me. A couple of months ago, we were at the Google Headquarters at the Silicon Valley. And we were told about the Google Station Free Wi-Fi in Railway stations in India.
“The CEO of Google was talking about this and I said if you can put this in railway stations in India, then you must put them in markets in Nigeria.”
He added that “I’m sure at the time he wasn’t quite certain what markets in Nigeria would look like. But we agreed on principle and a team has been working on it since then.
“It’s incredible that today we have here at the Wuse market free Wi-Fi facilities in fulfillment of that promise that was made some months ago.
“One of the key reasons why it is important for us to do this is because of our own policy as a government to ensure that we democratize access in various ways so that the man in the street, the common man, can have access to the things that other people have. That informs our putting solar power in markets.”
In addition, he noted that “The reason of course is that economic sites, where many of our people do their business, must be powered.
“We must give them the same sort of access that bigger industries have; that bottom of the pyramid, the people in the streets, not just the people who buy and sell.
“You find such guys, who, after retiring from pushing their barrows and trying to get their business done, have access to Wi-Fi.”