December 8, 2022

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Danbatta applauds media for aiding telecom consciousness


The Govt Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC) Professor Umar Danbatta, has mentioned that the extent of consciousness of the potentials of telecommunications services is a credit score to the media trade which has partnered with the Fee within the regulatory course of.

Danbatta who was the Keynote Speaker on the dinner hosted by the Board of Trustees of the Nigeria Media Benefit Award, NMMA, to flag-off the commemoration of the thirtieth Anniversary of NMMA as Africa’s foremost media excellence recognition establishment, on the Lagos Sheraton Resort on Tuesday, mentioned that is why the telecom regulator holds the media at very excessive esteem.

On the occasion the place the Director, Public Affairs of the NCC, Mr. Reuben Muoka, offered the keynote on behalf of Danbatta, the CEO of NCC sought larger collaboration with the media describing the media techniques of communication as central to social progress and are thus vital companions the NCC requires to reach its dedication to consolidate the positive factors of telecommunication.

Dwelling on the subject, “The NCC New Strategic Imaginative and prescient (Implementation) Plan (SVP) 2021-2025: A Transformation Agenda”, which signposts the path of the Nigerian telecom trade within the subsequent 5 years, Danbatta recalled the trajectory of the evolution of telecoms in Nigeria, as regards to the nation’s displaying of a paltry 18,724 phone strains at independence in 1960 to serve a inhabitants of 40 million folks, translating to a teledensity of 0.5, to the current time (as at July 2022), when “lively telecoms subscribers have grown considerably hitting 209 million from about 400,000 mixture phone strains within the nation on the eve of concrete deregulation within the 12 months 2000.

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“This represents a teledensity of 109.47%. In addition to, primary Web subscriptions have additionally grown from zero within the pre-liberalisation period to over 152 million. It is usually gratifying that the broadband subscriptions now stand at 85 million, representing a 44.49% penetration.”

At this time, “the Info and Communication Know-how (ICT) sector contributed 18.44 per cent to the nation’s Gross Home Product (GDP) within the second quarter of 2022. From this determine, telecommunications sector alone contributed 15 per cent,” Danbatta mentioned to position on document the unprecedented contribution of the telecom and ICT trade to GDP.

Danbatta, additionally spoke extensively on the coverage initiatives of the Federal Authorities and the continued help of presidency as essential to the accomplishment of the feat within the telecom trade. Giving a sign that the Board, Administration and employees of the Fee won’t relaxation on their oars and can proceed to re-engineer and promote improvements to make the nation to harness advantages which are accruable in a digital financial system.

Danbatta mentioned the target of the Strategic Imaginative and prescient (Implementation) Plan (SVP) 2021-2025 is to consolidate on the accomplishments of the Fee underneath the SVP 2015-2020, in any other case referred to as The Eight Level Agenda, the forerunner of the SVP 2021-2025, as a way to take the Fee to a larger peak the place it can make much more superlative contributions to the nationwide financial system.