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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Nigerians urged to invest on content, NIG gets 10 committees

Nigerians have been urged to channel their investment plans into content provision on the internet by the President, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), Mr. Lanre Ajayi, just as the group has concluded plans to inaugurate 10 committees to make it’s operations more people oriented.

He made this call in a chat with ITREALMS Online, saying that content providers make more money than mere Internet Service Providers (ISPs) also known as legacy ISPs.

Mr. Ajayi said that Nigerians should start tinkering on investing on content online because there are more opportunities.

“We must put content in the Internet and we must focus on information content,” he declared.

Although he recognized that a fraction of Nigerians have access to the Internet, enthusiasts, he said, must not loose sight of the importance of content at this era.

“Content is king on the Internet,” he asserted.

Nigerians, he said, must provide content for the rest of the world and Nigerians as well, even as he noted that NIG spent 10 years in creating awareness on access to the Internet that now is the time for promotion of content.

According to him, there would be some finance to be saved by providing content, which would lead to reduction of cost of bandwidth, “because when you have that the Internet exchange would thrive”.

Meanwhile, NIG has concluded plans to inaugurate 10 committees before the end of this month.

Mr. Ajayi gave the list of these committees to include publications, student/campus, position policy statement, research and statistics, conferences, international relations, training, web content development, e-readiness and online discussion.

He said that details would soon be made know and that members of NIG should watch out for a people-oriented group.

NIG was founded in 1995 as a non-governmental organization to champion the course of creating awareness and optimizing the Internet for change so as to help in its penetration and closing of digital divide.

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