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Hon. Henry Mbachu who is the lawmaker representing Awka South in the Anambra State House of Assembly who last month began voluntary teaching at Igwebuike Grammar School, Awka over the weekend provided free Wi-fi to his Constituents.
The Eastern Updates recalls that when he began teaching last month he said he wanted to offer free service to his alma mater.
Speaking yesterday Mbachu pointed out that he offered free Wi-fi because Digital skills have the capacity to keep young people busy and reduce crime while providing them with an opportunity to earn a decent living.
He is providing free Wi-fi to in collaboration with Airtel Nigeria.
Addressing the beneficiaries, represented by their village heads in Awka and Okpuno town as well as representatives of Nnamdi Azikiwe University and Paul University in his constituency in Awka, the Anambra State capital, Mbachu said the modern world belonged to the internet.
According to Mbachu, the Wi-Fi project was part of the revolutions he would bring in the area to make a difference.
Decrying the growing incidents of crime in the area, he said with youth engagement in the internet for electronic business(e-business) and sundry useful digital activities, crime rates would reduce.
He noted that the welfare of the people, particularly that of the youth and the widows should not be the sole responsibility of the government, stating the need for partnership with the private sector to provide services for the people.
He said he had bankrolled Wi-fi services for the people of Awka and Okpuno for a period of one year for a start, subject to renewal.
He said specifically, the free Wi-fi would be installed at UNIZIK and Paul University communities,10 Secondary Schools and the 44 village squares in the constituency.
The Lawmaker assured the people area of more human development projects and good governance, describing the two elements as the hallmark of his political party- the Labour Party (LP), while appealing to the beneficiaries to make good use of the Wi-fi.
In his speech, the Airtel representative on the occasion, Mr Jerry Ani, while urging the youth to do genuine businesses with the Wi-fi, announced that Airtel would launch its 5-G network in Awka next month to boost services.
Dr Nelson Omenugha, a special adviser to the state governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, on youth matters, while speaking at the event said Mbachu’s initiative was in line with Soludo’s agenda of making Anambra a digital state.