The Rural Information Technology Centre is a project carefully conceived, designed and fully deployed by NITDA to address the challenge of the digital divide that has hitherto become a great obstacle to socio economic growth of the rural communities. The project started with a pilot scheme deployed in Ten (10) Local Government Areas (LGA) across the country. In 2013, RITC was remodeled and renamed Public Access Venue (PAV).
The Agency has established 347 centers as of 2015. The aim was to establish rural Information Technology centers in all the 774 Local Governments in Nigeria.
- To facilitate universal access to information
- To increase digital penetration in the country.
- To provide youth access to digital and online content through e-learning applications for effective learning and self- empowerment
- To provide a community based platform for e-government, e-commerce, telemedicine and other e-services.
The recent deployment of 347 RITC’s has contributed to an improved IT skill and knowledge acquisition for Nigerian youths in both urban and rural areas.