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ICT Minister Reveals Broadband Targets

18 June, 2014

Source: Caj News Africa

Abuja — NIGERIA is targeting 30 percent broadband penetration by 2017, the Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson, said.

Speaking at the Nigeria/British Chamber of Commerce Breakfast meeting, she said the Ministry was working to provide ubiquitous broadband infrastructure necessary for inclusive development.

“The Broadband Strategy and Roadmap is designed to ensure coordinated roll-out of broadband infrastructure. This results in a predictable environment for infrastructure development by private sector and ultimately increases investment in the ICT sector, and further our objective of increasing the GDP contribution to the sector. There is a planned target of 30 percent broadband penetration by 2017,” Johnson said.

According to her, the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology was implementing ‘Connected Nigeria' to provide ubiquitous broadband infrastructure necessary for inclusive development.

The ‘Connected Nigerians' programme is aimed at facilitating access to infrastructure and devices ownership.

To enable local participation in the sector, the Ministry has created local content guidelines and is working to lower the barriers to entry and increase the participation of Nigerian companies in the ICT sector and stimulate job creation in the industry Johnson said

Johnson said the ministry was created in recognition of the increasing importance of the ICT sector to national and economic development and the need for a coordinating ministry to marshal resources and remained focused on delivering a comprehensive ICT policy.

“Since inception the Ministry has been able to chart an increase in the contribution of its sector to the national GDP.

“The Ministry has created policies and is piloting programmes that will lead to a faster adoption rate amongst the youth and close the yawning gender gap in the utilisation and adoption of ICT. The Ministry is working to make ICT central to other sectors of the economy and the lives of everyday Nigerians,” she said.

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