The Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, recently summoned the management of Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), to brief him on progress made in the implementation of the Short-Term performance targets set for Fund.
The Minister reiterated that the summon was in line with the bid to re-position Nigeria’s ICT Industry to function optimally in line with global best practices to deliver effective, efficient services to Nigerians and meet with expectations and yearnings of stakeholders.
It will be recalled early last month in an attempt to bring about synergy and accountability in the industry, the Minister set a performance matrix for all parastatals under the supervision of the Ministry.
USPF was tasked to ensure there is a sustainability model in place for all the projects deployed and prepare a plan to reduce the access gaps in the rural, unserved and underserved areas.
The Acting Executive Secretary of USPF, Mr Ayuba Shuaibu while making his remarks commended the Honourable Minister for the swift action he took to address the challenges facing the industry which has been lingering for years.
On his part, the Honourable Minister appreciated the Acting Executive Secretary for the encomium and pledged to do more to move the industry forward.
The Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria to facilitate the achievement of national policy goals for universal access and universal service to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in rural, un-served and under-served areas in Nigeria.
The Fund is being managed to facilitate the widest possible access to affordable telecommunications services for greater social equity and inclusion for the people of Nigeria.