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Pantami receives national broadband plan 2020-2025 committee report

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Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, On Tuesday, February 18, 2020  received the draft report of the National Broadband Plan Committee 2020-2025.

The report was presented to him in his office by the Chairman of the Committee, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), MainOne Cable, Ms Funke Opeke.

The Committee is co-chaired by former Executive Commissioner Technical Services at NCC, Dr. Bashir Gwandu, while NCC’s Executive Commissioner Technical Services, Engr. Ubale Maska, serves as the Secretary of the Committee.

In attendance at the presentation ceremony today were members of the Committee. The Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of NCC, Prof. Danbatta was also present at the event.

Dr. Pantami inaugurated the Committee on 16 December 2019 to develop a new National Broadband Plan 2020-2025 that will be a guiding template for further development of the telecommunications sector.

This followed the expiration of the 2013-2018 National Broadband Plan which was designed to achieve at least 30 percent broadband penetration in Nigeria. At the expiration of the old Plan, Nigeria achieved 37.8 percent broadband coverage.

At the inauguration of the new NBP Committee, Pantami also urged the members to review the old plan, examine its challenges and proffer solutions.

He equally urged the committee to undertake the assignment in the context of growing and emerging technologies.

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From left to right: Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami; Chief Executive Officer, Main One/Chairman, National Broadband Plan Committee 2020-2025, Ms Funke Opeke and Committee Secretary/Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Engr. Ubale Masks, during the submission of draft report by the Committee to the Minister in Abuja on Tuesday.

The new broadband plan, being developed with the support and collaboration of the Government of the United Kingdom (UK), is expected to increase broadband penetration to 70 percent by 2025 in order to give concrete expression to Federal Government’s commitment to making Nigeria a truly digital economy.

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It will be recalled that on January 3, 2020, while engaging the Nigerian press at a Media Briefing and Chat, Dr. Pantami promised that the report of the new NBP Committee will be ready in the first quarter of the year 2020.

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From left to right: Executive Secretary, Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), Ayuba Shuaibu; Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, NCC, Adeleke Adewolu; Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Prof. Suleiman Elias Bogoro; Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta; Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami and Chairman, National Broadband Plan Committee 2020-2025, Ms Funke Opeke, during the submission of draft report by the Committee to the Minister in Abuja on Tuesday.

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