- Veröffentlicht: 03. Januar 2017
The Federal Government will achieve 30 per cent national broadband penetration by 2018 as projected in the National Broadband Plan, Minister of Communications Adebayo Shittu said in Abuja.
Shittu, who spoke when he featured at News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum, said government had achieved between 18 to 20 per cent penetration due to private sector initiatives.
The minister said government was encouraging all Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies to invest in the sector to expand broadband penetration.
“I have had the privilege of attending a number of international platforms, where I met a lot of them as the chief marketer of the industry.
“The Ministry of Communications is not into business; government has no business in business. What the ministry does is to provide an enabling environment for operators and industry entrepreneurs to be encouraged to invest.
“When I say entrepreneur, it is not only Nigerian entrepreneurs, even the foreign entrepreneurs.
“Already, the rate at which we are now, we are about 18 to 20 per cent penetration and this is mostly as a result of private sector initiative.
“I am confident by the Grace of God, within the next two years, we will reach the target of 30 per cent,’’ he said.
On the proposed data tariff increase, Shittu said the matter was almost sorted out.
He said he was not part of the initiative as the issue was between Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) and the companies.
“When it happened, a lot of people accused me of taking money from these companies, so I have to explain my role and you would recall that the Senate because of the uproar that greeted the issue called a stakeholders’ meeting.’’
The minister said it was at that meeting it became clear that what was said to be newly introduced had actually been the rate suspended years ago.
“The rate was agreed to three years ago but perhaps because of uproar at the time, it was suspended. The rate was 90 kobo and what is in operation is now is 55 kobo.
The minister said the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) would be repositioned to provide e-commerce and e-government services in 2017.
Shittu said the e-commerce and e-government services would be in addition to its mandate of letter and parcel distribution.
He said it was popular knowledge that ICT was the way to go for all economies today, whether an economy under recession, under slow growth or a fast growing one.
”ICT assists in making life better, it enables businesses to be run more efficiently and even enables governments to be run properly and more beneficially to the citizenry.
”That is why NIPOST wants to leverage on it to expand its scope of service delivery by engaging in e-commerce.”
Quelle/Source: The Nation Newspaper, 27.12.2016