Barrister Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications, which oversees the tech sector, says that Nigeria owes Globacom Limited, the Second National Operator (SNO) owned by businessman Michael Adenuga, “a debt of gratitude for liberating the telecom industry.”
Shittu made the statement during a recent courtesy call on the management of Globacom at Mike Adenuga Towers in Victoria Island Lagos.
“Nigeria owes a debt of gratitude to Glo and we shall support you until you become an Octopus on the African continent. Given what you have in Nigeria, I am not surprised that Glo is conquering Africa now. I urge you to continue to play your role and Africa will continue to show appreciation to you for liberating the space for telecommunication services”, the Minister was quoted in a Globacom press statement following the visit to the telecoms company.
He requested Globacom’s support for technological hubs and connectivity centres being built by the government in several cities such as Ibadan, Katsina and later in Bayelsa, Plateau and other states.
“Sustainability is always the problem after the first period of free Iinternet. Please see what you can do to support the establishment and sustainability of such hubs”, the Minister said while urging the telecoms company to expand its coverage to emerging rural areas.
“There are so many new settlements around where GSM connectivity is not available at all and people still have to travel long distances. I appeal to Glo to investigate this very quickly and take steps to remedy the situation. This may not be peculiar to Ikorodu; I know that many new communities are growing in leaps and bounds and such situations exist”, Shittu adds expressing his delight with telecoms investments made by Glo.
“I am happy with the giant strides you have made in continental interconnectivity of cables across the Atlantic. I want to commend you on this, and I believe that, having succeeded with continental interconnectivity, within Nigeria, there are still challenges in many communities. There is need for you to make more investments to ensure that the entire country is connected.”