As part of efforts to enhance technology development in Nigeria, the federal government has reiterated its commitment to supporting innovation in the country.
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who said this during a programme organised by Google Nigeria in Lagos, assured the participants that the government would continue to support technology development through policies that will provide the enabling environment for businesses to grow.
Commending Google Nigeria for its initiative to launch public WiFi in targeted public places, through the Google Station, Osinbanjo, said such initiative would afford more Nigerians the opportunity to have internet access to boost their businesses and lifestyles.
Announcing the launch of Google Station in Nigeria, in partnership with 21st Century Technology, the Vice President, Product Management at Google, Anjali Joshi, said the initiative would help address internet connectivity challenges in the country.
According to her, Google Station was launched in Ikeja Computer Village, Ikeja Mall, MMA2, Unilag and Landmark Event Centre, all in Lagos, to provide internet access to people. Google, she said, planned to extend the launch to 200 locations in five cities across the country by 2019, designed to provide internet access to millions of Nigerians.
She said Google Station was first launched in India and Mexico, and that since then, it has been providing internet access to millions of people in those countries.
Welcoming the Google Station initiative, Osinbajo said, “We want Google Station in more public places like the public markets that have large clusters of people. Beginning with Computer Village, Ikeja Mall, MMA2, Unilag and Landmark Event Centre is commendable, but we want to see this public WiFi in more densely populated public places.
“We have large concentration of people in public market places like Ariaria market in Aba, Main Market in Onitsha, Sabongari Market in Kano, Balogun and Ikporin Markets in Lagos. These are places where Internet access should be available.
“Nigerians want access to education, e-Commerce and other forms of business through the internet. Millions of Nigerians have personal stories how the internet has transformed their lives and businesses and Google has told us how it has helped to give access and opportunities to several Nigerians and we need more of such opportunities,”he said.