So, the internet is at the heart of the emerging knowledge economy.

And that is why Nigerian government is making efforts to ensure no part of Nigeria is left out.

Part of such efforts is to bring internet to Nigeria’s hinterlands by encouraging investments in broadband.

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The Federal Government through the communications technology ministry, in line with this, is asking Nigerians in the diaspora to come and invest in broadband infrastructure.

Already, the government has set a 30% penetration target before end of 2018 and it believes bringing in the diaspora investor community would help to achieve this target.

This was part of messages by the Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shitttu, at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday to announce the Nigerian Diaspora Direct Investment Summit scheduled to hold in London in April.

Shittu stated that many Nigerians living abroad were endowed with both the technical expertise and the financial resources to make a difference in the country’s broadband and telecommunications architecture.

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The minister said because of poor electricity supply in the country, newer technologies were required for broadband connectivity in the rural communities where the customer base might not justify investment in multi-layer power generation by existing telecommunications operators.

He added that the summit was being packaged to facilitate new investment commitments in the country by Nigerians living in the Diaspora with the aim of increasing broadband connectivity, creating jobs and enhancing the economy.

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