Telecom Stakeholders Identify Obstacles to FG’s 90,000km Fibre Project

Stakeholders in the telecommunications industry have said the Federal Government’s plan to deploy 90,000 kilometers of fibre optic cables across the country will face several obstacles, especially from state governments, that might truncate the project.   According to them, without addressing the current issue of Right of Way charges, multiple taxation, and levies, which are under the control of state governments, the project which is to be implemented through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) would be an exercise in futility.   The stakeholders, who spoke during the Sixth Edition of…

Nigeria’s digital transformation future ‘ll be brighter ,prosperous – DG NITDA

The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) Kashifu Inuwa has predicted that the Nigeria’s digital transformation future would be “brighter and also offered hope of being prosperous.” The NITDA’s boss expressed this optimism in Lagos while delivering his keynote address titled “Implementing a National Digital Transformation Agenda” at the ongoing Global Tech Africa 2023 with the theme “Facilitating Investments in Africa’s Digital Economy. The conference which provided platform to bring together African and international stakeholders in technology to unlock growth opportunities for all, and build the tech ecosystem…

New NCC Boss, Maida restates commitment to Tinubu’s Vision on Digital Economy

The new Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Aminu Maida, has said he would align the Commission’s regulatory focus to achieve the promises of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda to advance the nation’s digital transformation agenda. Maida, who spoke to the Senior Management team of the Commission at the Commission’s Head Office in Abuja Tuesday, said there was a need to ensure that the NCC strategically focuses on ensuring all Nigerians have access to affordable and reliable broadband services. Part of this is…

Danbatta highlights Data Centre Services contributions to Economy growth

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Danbatta, has restated that data centre services played important roles in nation’s economy growth.   Prof Danbatta stated this in his speech at the fourth annual Telecommunications Sector Sustainability Forum held in Lagos on October 5, 2023, with the theme; “Mainstreaming Data Centres in the Nigerian Digital Economy.”   Prof Umar Danbatta, who was represented by Dr. Sunday Atu, the Head of Tariff Administration at NCC, commended the forum for its choice of the theme.   In his…

At 2022 Tech Innovation Awards,Danbatta commits to Enhancing Digital Economy

As Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) recently won double awards at the 2022 Tech Innovation Awards (TIA), the telecom regulator has promised to ensure it bring full benefits of the digital economy to Nigerians for the overall development of the country. At the 6th edition of the annual awards, which took place in Lagos, the Commission was named The Innovative Telecom Regulator of the Year Award while its Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, was honoured with the Telecom Industry Leader Award. Speaking after receiving the awards on behalf of the…

LaPRSC: NCC EVC,Danbatta tasks Nigerians to explore opportunities in Digital Economy

  The Executive Vice Chairman/ CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta has advised Nigerians to explore opportunities in the Digital Economy to eradicate poverty in the country.   Prof Danbatta stated this on Thursday in his address at the 9th Lagos Public Relations Stakeholders’ Conference on Leadership and Poverty Eradication.   The EVC,was represented at the conference by Mrs Nnena Ukoha, Head,Corporate Communications,NCC.   Speaking on the topic, Poverty Eradication in Nigeria: Leveraging Opportunities in a Digital Economy, Danbatta noted that ”For most developing countries, particularly those with…

FG applauds NCC’s Regulatory Strides

The Federal Government has commended the leadership of the Nigerian Communications Commission for the remarkable strides of the agency that has earned spectacular international reputation for Nigeria and placed the telecom regulator in the forefront of the nation’s quest for forward looking national economic growth.   Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. William Alo, said this recently while receiving the management team of NCC, led by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, who briefed him on the status of the industry after…

Buhari appoints Gov Sule as member, Presidential Council on Digital Economy, E-governance

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, as a member of the Presidential Council on Digital Economy and E-governance.   This was disclosed in a letter signed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.   Professor Pantami said the constitution of the presidential council was an effort to implement the National Digital Economy Policy (NDEPS) and the Nigerian E-governance Master Plan (NEGMP).   The minister noted that Nasarawa State is critical to the success of Nigeria’s digital…

NCC is Committed to Responsive Regulations for Sustainable Growth of Digital Economy – Danbatta

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has stated that the Commission is irrevocably committed to boosting the nation’s digital economy through responsive regulations. Danbatta gave this assurance at the Commission’s 2021 Annual Cybersecurity conference, organised in collaboration with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) which took place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja recently. The theme of the event was “Building Trust in the Digital Economy through Cybersecurity and Sensitization on the Implementation of the National Cybersecurity policy and…

Keynote Paper delivered By Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), PhD, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Federal Republic of Nigeria on Deploying 5G Networks in Nigeria: The Critical Role of Stakeholders at the Stakeholders Engagement Forum on the Draft Information Memorandum on Auction of 3.5Ghz Band at Lagos Marriott Hotel, Ikeja Thursday, 4th November 2021

Protocols and Greetings. I am delighted to be here to deliver the Keynote Paper at this Stakeholder Engagement Forum on the Draft Information Memorandum on the Auction of 3.5GHz Spectrum Band for implementation of the Fifth Generation (5G) Network in Nigeria. This is yet another milestone in the desire of the Federal Government to roll-out 5G network in the country as quickly as possible. I sincerely thank His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for his tremendous support towards this and other programmes of the Ministry. Distinguished participants, as you may…