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IT News Announcement: NITDA and private sector consortium to deploy 1000 ATMs in 2008

22-10-2007- A Public- Private -Partnership arrangement involving the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and a group of firms called the Chams Consortium will lead to the deployment of 1000 electronic transaction booths around Nigeria in 2008.

Reports indicate that a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between NITDA and the Chams consortium for the implementation of scheme, which is under the Millennium Development Goals framework for Mobile Internet and Outsourcing Solutions (MIOS).

Based on the MoU the Chams Consortium will install 1000 Automated Teller Machines ATMs and 5,000 electronic transaction booths across the country before the end of 2008.
 

The Chams consortium consists of three local technology firms, Chams Nigeria Limited, Connect Technologies and Platinum Solutions Limited. According to the Director General of NITDA, Prof. Cleopas Angaye, “the relationship aims to enhance universal access to information and communications technologies (ICTs) in the rural and underserved areas, where the majority of the country’s population live.

The basic objective of the MoU is to provide greater Internet awareness nationwide. It involves extending mobile Internet units and electronic government services to the rural and underserved areas”.

According to NITDA and the Chams consortium, the partnership according to aims to enable universal access to information and communications technologies (ICTs) in the rural and underserved areas. The scheme involves extending mobile internet units and electronic government services to all parts of the country..

Under the PPP arrangement, NITDA provides the Mobile Internet Units (MIUs) which are minivans specially, fitted with Internet access to the Chams consortium. Each of the MIUs will house five computers and three kiosks/ATMs to enable the users have the opportunity to browse the Internet and also use other complimentary services such as online shopping and make payments electronically.

 

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