Kick Start of Computer For All Nigerians Initiative
2 October 2006, by Jonah Iboma (HANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government has placed an order for the supply of 14,500 units of personal computers (PCs) under the Computer for All Nigerians initiative (CANi). The PCs whose cost is estimated at 100.000 USD are to be supplied over the next five weeks, and will represent the first major order under the scheme jointly run by government and the private sector, led by Intel Corporation and Microsoft.
CANi is designed to increase PC penetration in Nigeria by making the cost of purchase more affordable and also ease payment costs. CANi’s programme director, Mr. Soji Romeo, said in a media briefing in Lagos that the government order would only be for the first phase of the scheme, adding that it represented a formal take-off of the scheme.
He said about 30,000 units are expected to be delivered to the FG noting that besides the government order, several organisations and state governments had also showed interests in purchasing for their staff. He stated that given the enthusiasm that preceded the scheme, it is bound to fulfill its aims of achieving « a PC penetration drive into sections of the Nigerian Community which are currently underserved. »