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Obaseki advances digital economy, plans optic fibre connectivity across councils

By Michael Egbejule, Benin City
06 January 2022   |   3:41 am
Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has assured residents that his government will sustain ongoing reforms and programmes aimed at achieving digital economy in the state, promising to provide fibre optic connectivity to all Edo communities...

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Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has assured residents that his government will sustain ongoing reforms and programmes aimed at achieving digital economy in the state, promising to provide fibre optic connectivity to all Edo communities to enhance access to the internet and expand the state’s digital economy.

Obaseki, who spoke to journalists in Benin City, said his administration is committed to building physical and digital infrastructure, leveraging technology to drive sustainable growth and development in the state.

The governor, in a statement, issued by his Special Assistant, Media, Crusoe Osagie, noted that while the construction and rehabilitation of roads were ongoing across 18 local government areas, the state government would sustain investment in other infrastructure, including electricity and fibre connections.

He stated: “Our Operation Light Up Edo is in full gear with the street-lighting projects being rolled out in Benin City, Ekpoma and Auchi.

“We are working with a private provider to connect all our 18 local government areas with fibre optic connection to enhance access to the Internet and expand the digital economy across the state.”

Obaseki reassured that his administration’s huge investment in physical and digital infrastructure would position Edo State as a major commercial hub in Nigeria and West Africa.

OBASEKI has also congratulated Prof. Doyin Salami on his appointment as the chief economic adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The governor said: “I hope that Prof. Salami will justify the trust and confidence of Mr. President and help to align the nation’s monetary and fiscal policies to enable inclusive growth in these very challenging economic times.”

He added: “With this new role, I urge Prof. Salami to provide direction in influencing the fundamentals of the Nigerian economy, which will help to steer the economy back on track.

“As the current chairman of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) and member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria, I expect Prof. Salami to bring his experience to bear in the new assignment and place Nigeria on the path of economic prosperity.”

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