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Nigeria: FG Imports 490,000 Computers to Boost PC Market
Source: Daily Trust
Source Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: Nigeria
Created: Jun 20, 2012

The Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson, said on Monday in Abuja that the ministry had imported about 490,000 computers to boost the Personal Computer (PC) market. Johnson said the figure represented 70 per cent of the 700,000 computers the ministry had so far bought for sale to interested Nigerians at subsidised rate. "Today we have 700,000 computers, 30 per cent of which were manufactured locally, while 70 per cent were imported to increase the size of the PC market. "We are working with banks and ICT development agencies to ensure that we provide these PCs at reasonable cost to people who will not ordinarily have access to them," she said. Johnson said the ministry was working to ensure that local manufacturers supply 50 per cent of the 1.4 million units of computers it planned to deliver between now and 2014, in order to stimulate the local PC industries. Johnson said Nigerians needed computers to enable them access government services through the Internet. She said the ministry would partner with the Nigeria Research and Education Network, National Universities Commission, the World Bank and TetFund to actualise the project. (NAN)
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