The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, on Thursday said the newly launched E-paper vendor would save organisations and individuals over 80% off the price of physical newspapers.
The Minister stated this at the launch of PDF newspaper service E-paper Vendor by Be Better Foundation in Abuja.
Coming with a promise to deliver a complete cover-to-cover digital version of the daily newspaper, E-paper Vendor is Nigeria’s leading provider of full digital version of Nigerian newspapers.
“I must congratulate and thank the promoters of the E-paper Vendor and the people who have worked tirelessly to make this a reality. They have contributed significantly in helping our ministry to achieve its four point mandate, and that is why we are here to lend our support and encouragement that this product is adopted across all Ministry, Department, and Agencies in Nigeria, and its innovation will transform how newspapers are read, accessed and achieved in Nigeria, and spark other innovations in the area of knowledge management and content development in our industry,” the minister stated.
“Particularly, I must mention that the PDF newspaper supports our mandate to ensure that ICT is used as a vehicle of change to enhance the quality and cost effectiveness of public service delivery in Nigeria. The service allows MDAs to purchase newspapers at a significant cost saving of over 80 % off the price of physical newspapers. Imagine if such cost-cutting could translate to every area of public service administration, and the huge savings that will mean for our government, and the country,” he also noted.
He said in addition that the product also promotes the utilisation of technology, and will no doubt increase the overall sectoral contribution of the ICT industry to the nation’s GDP. It will also help us earn foreign exchange from newspaper readers abroad, who can now access Nigerian newspapers in a digital form”.
Shittu who was represented by his Special Adviser to the Minister, Akeem Yusuf, said the e-vendor to create a convenient digital archive so that you can refer easily to the old newspapers for research, and it is portable and handy.
The Executive Director of E-vendor, Anthony Oni, said it was convenient, portable and less expensive.