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The Executive Vice Chairman, EVC, of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, has released the commission’s focus for the next five years.

Danbatta explained that the commission will leave no stone unturned in pursuit of its plan for the increased growth of telecom in Nigeria. He spoke at a recent interactive session with media chiefs and news editors in Abuja.

According to him, the commission’s job for the next five years has already been cut out, starting with broadband, which is the key to touching the lives of every Nigerian.

“We hope to take broadband penetration to 70 per cent to at least 90 percent of the population by 2025 in line with the new target in the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NBBP), 2020-2025,” the EVC said.

He said in the next five years the Commission will want to keep protecting consumers and ensure they have value for their money.

He explained that the Commission will want to continue to support and fast-track the digital economy drive of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government as a Digital Economy Department has been created in the Commission.

According to Danbatta, the NCC is placing emphasis on growing the digital economy in collaboration with the other agencies under the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

“We hope to consolidate on spectrum trading to ensure maximum and efficient usage of available frequencies; continuous SIM registration audit to provide security and curtail incidences of banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery; completion and commissioning of Emergency Communications Centres (ECCs) in the remaining states to enhance security and provide relief to citizens in distress,” he added.

The EVC said that during this period, the NCC is committed to the execution of the counterpart Funding Agreements with the Licensed InfraCo to facilitate increase in fibre deployment in the country and ensure, at least one Point of Access (PoA) in each of the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the country.

This is to enhance digital transformation.


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