On Thu, 12 Dec 1996 12:49:34 -0500 William Lester <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> This month's NewAfrican Magazine (December 1996 No:347)
> has an interesting little article on page 25 about the Nigerian
> government's fear that "a link to the Internet would be prejudicial
> to national security". The story is written by Osasu Obayiwuana.
My library does not subscribe to NewAfrican, so I cannot assess what is
interesting in the story.
I do know that there are quite a number of sensational news about the
Nigerian Government and the Internet. While some people claim the Government
is frustrating connectivity, I have on occassions challenged such people to
setup Nigerian Intranets, then see if the Government will stop them from
linking it with the Internet.
Nigeria Internet Group wants to lease a 64K line (I understand they want a
256k VSAT now). When that is done, they will find subscribers to cover the
cost. Right now, **NONE** of its members can communicate with themselves,
even with the highly esteemed UUCP.
Telecom infrastructures in Nigeria are being upgraded although - Slowly.
Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan, PortHacourt have digital exchanges. When you call among
these towns, you get instant dial tone and connection. International calls
are a different ball game. But then, who needs them to setup an Intranet.
These people continue to put the Cart before the Horse.
There are many ISPs in Nigeria now, most doing international hops. A couple
have X25 PADs. If they cannot exchange mails within Nigeria, "Who among them
or those they serve, dare cast the first stone at the Government?"
The same Nigerian Government has not made any decree (Xman legislature, where
0<X<=1) restraining connectivity. Most people in Nigeria gather WINCIM
diskettes (those Compuserve freebies with 10Hr Credits), and connect via the
SITA access number. They surf at 9600, but think the Government is stalling
Internet Connectivity. I beg to disagree.
I am not a spokesman of the Government, but a house divided against itself
cannot stand. Collective will and purpose is what achieves things - Donor
funds are just catalysts - Most Nigerians want the Donor funds but lack the
collective will and purpose. Until they get themselves right - The scapegoat
will always be the Government. In any case, Government has a way of absorbing
such bricks *&^%$#@! > /dev/null
Let the Intranets sprout up, then NIGNET, that is when they can point
accusing fingers at the Government.
Sunday A. Folayan
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