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Nigeria needs faster, affordable internet to drive digital economy—Johny Baxter 

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The British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Johny Baxter, has said that the Nigerian government will need to ensure increased access to faster and affordable internet to achieve growth in its current digital economy agenda. 

Baxter stated this in Lagos during an event to honour some Nigerians empowering women and young girls with digital skills through the CyberHubs initiative.  

While noting that the UK firmly believes in the future growth story of Nigeria’s digital sector, he said the government would also need to create an encouraging regulatory environment to make this happen.  

The British Deputy Commissioner observed that the digital economy can sometimes seem like a place where women and girls do not belong, adding that it is a place where everyone belongs. 

He said the experiment paid off as Cybersafe Foundation, which it partnered with, was able to train 59,900 women and girls. He added that this was achieved with the support of 200 volunteer Alumni DigiGirls called DigiChampions and a partnership with 60 hubs across 22 states in Nigeria. 

Acknowledging the efforts of the UK in Nigeria, Founder/Executive Director, of Cybersafe Foundation, Confidence Staveley, said the UK Government has through the DigiGirls program, in 3 iterations, funded CyberSafe Foundation to cumulatively provided employable digital skills to over 70,000 women and girls across Nigeria.  

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