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The Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami Inaugurated the Nigerian National Broadband Plan Committee.
This is in line with the Digital Economy drive of the Ministry, who played host to the Presidential Committee’s Retreat on the Development of the 2020-2025 National Broadband Plan on Monday in Abuja.
In his opening remark, Dr Pantami said the Federal Ministry of Communications & Digital Economy under his watch is working hard to address the challenges of the telecommunications sector such as Right of Way (RoW), consideration of Telecom Infrastructures as Critical National Infrastructures among others.
The Minister said further, “According to the World Development Report 2016, A 10% increase in fixed broadband penetration triggers an average increase of 3.19 percent in Per Capita GDP of a Nation.
“Members of the Nigerian National Broadband Plan Committee for the Development of the 2020-2025 National Broadband Plan are selected based on competence, integrity & professionalism.
Goodwill messages came from the CEOs of Galaxy Backbone, Nigeria Postal Services, NIGCOMSAT, NITDA, USPF and NCC.
Among the dignitaries during the Inaugurations include the representative of the UK Government, Mr Gay Harrison.
The 6-day retreat will be attended by members of the Committee which was inaugurated by the Hon Min. of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami.
The 26-member committee has individuals drawn from the public and private sectors and is being co-chaired by the Managing Director / CEO, MainOne Cable Company Nigeria Limited, Ms Funke Opeke and Former Executive Commissioner, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Bashir Gwandu.The Director of Telecoms and Postal Services, Federal Ministry of Communications & Digital Economy, Engr. Ngozi Ogujiofor welcomed the members to the Technical Retreat for the Zero Draft of the Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020-2025 Committee to the Inauguration and wished them a successful deliberation.