The Honourable Minister of Communications, Barr Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu disclosed that the Nigerian Government and her Indian counterpart has forged an alliance that would see the deployment of broadband technologies across the rural areas of Nigeria, in line with the present administration’s ease of doing business initiative.
Barr Shittu made this known while making his remarks as the Principal Keynote Presenter, during the Post Nigeria National Broadband Plan Summit, organised today by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), with the theme “Success, Prospects and Challenges”, held at Treasure Suites, Abuja.
In his keynote address, the Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM reiterated the Agency’s full commitment to the improvement of broadband penetration across the Country.
Dr Pantami said, “we have issued several Policies, Guidelines, and Frameworks to help stimulate broadband penetration in the country, these include Framework and Guidelines for Public Internet Access; Guidelines for Clearance of IT Project by Public Institutions; NITDA Public Key Infrastructure Regulations; Framework on Data Localisation and Local Content Policy”.
The DG further stated that NITDA is proud to be a member of the Nigerian National Broadband Council (NNBC), he also expressed optimism that 70%-80% broadband penetration target by the year 2025 is attainable with the continued implementation of NITDA’s statutory mandate, Nigerian National Broadband Council’s activities, ATCON’s mandate, and other key stakeholders’ contributions.
Pantami spoke through the Director, Department of Corporate Planning and Strategy of NITDA, Dr Agu Collins Agu.