The Calabar smart city under the digitization program of Cross River State government is ready for commissioning in December.
The project will make Calabar the first capital city in Nigeria to have access to internet services for medium and low income earners in the state.
Governor Ben Ayade said the commissioning will reposition and strengthen the state business environment and create employment opportunities for youths in the state, explaining that voice video and data access will become easy for citizens and visitors to Cross River state.
With affordable internet services in place, some ICT expert in Calabar who commended the state government for the project said business opportunities await young Cross-Riverians during the coming festival period.
It will be recalled that Governor Ben Ayade had during his inauguration in 2015 promised to make Calabar a smart city following his predecessor’s effort to make Calabar the first smart city in Nigeria with the installation of 120 kilometres of 96 ducts of core fibre optic cable and open ducts across the Calabar metropolis by telecom giants, MTN.