NCC Facilitates Universal Access to ICT, as Nigeria ‎Exceeds Broadband Penetration Target by 0.9%

Ayotunde Coker (Rack Centre); Aremu Olajide (ALTON); Emma Okonji (NITRA); Henry Nkemadu (NCC) and Gideon Ayogu (Zinox Group) Photo By AP News
Ayotunde Coker (Rack Centre); Aremu Olajide (ALTON); Emma Okonji (NITRA); Henry Nkemadu (NCC) and Gideon Ayogu (Zinox Group) at the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA), fourth quarter seminar and induction  of new members on Friday 14th of December, 2018 at CitiHeight Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos. Photo By AP News

‎Susan Onuorji 

The Nigerian Communications Communication (NCC) ‎has said that Nigeria has reached 30.9 percent broadband penetration, hence exceeding the set 30percent target by 0.9 percent.

The Executive Vice Chairman NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta stated this at the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA), fourth quarter seminar and induction  of new members with the theme: Achieving Last Mile Connectivity through affordable broadband  held  on the 14th of December, 2018 at CitiHeight Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

Danbatta who was represented by Henry Nkemadu, the Deputy Director/ Head, Special Intervention Projects noted that the commission said its regulatory activities facilitated universal access to information and Communication Technology.

According to him, NCC is driving access to ICT services by providing enabling regulatory interventions to stimulate competition among the industry players.

He said, “NCC’s facilitation of and build out access to broadband infrastructure in the Nigerian telecoms space has enabled the provision of telecoms services across the country especially to unserved and underserved area hitherto unserved and quicker access to wide range of information in real time and greatly improved process performance, allowing greater interface and scalability in deployment”.

“The commission further stimulates competition through various regulatory guidelines and initiatives that attract huge investments into the industry, thereby contributing to formal and informal employment generation and increased GDP, he added. ‎

The chairman of ‎NITRA, Emma Okonji in his welcome speech acknowledged that Danbatta’s passion for broadband development in the country, has further deepened broadband penetration. ‎

Okonji recounted that “as at 2012 when the committee for national Broadband strategy and roadmap was set up, broadband penetration was at 6 per cent penetration but with the resumption of Danbatta as the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Communication (NCC), he released NCC’S 8 point agenda, with broadband as key driver”.

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