Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has pledged to continue to provide its veritable platform for governments, consumers (corporate and personal) and telecommunications and ICT companies to rub minds on how consumers can be better off in terms of effective delivery of telecoms and ICT services and products in Nigeria,
This, the President, Engr. Olusola Teniola, said, will attract further investment into the sector through consumerism and enactment of friendly policies and regulation by the Government.
Speaking during recent ATCON Sectoral Virtual Forum which focused on the need of Telecom and ICT Consumers in the Era of COVID-19 and Post COVID-19 Pandemic cum Digital Economy Era with a view to meeting the New Broadband Target of 70%, Teniola said that ATCON will continue to converge regulators’ Interests -to ensure a competitive telecom market and fast track development of the telecom and ICT industry.
The Forum had in attendance, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbata and the Director-General of NITDA, Mr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi.
Others participants were drawn from IHS, VDT Communications, IpNX Limited, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), PPC Limited, Galaxy Backbone, MainOne, Pan African Towers Limited, Medallion Communications, NIGCOMSAT and Layer3 Limited.
According to Teniola, operator’s interests connote an enabling environment for businesses and protection of investment in the sector while consumers seek to be satisfied in terms of quality of services, affordability access and connectivity and these lead to digital economy development in the country.
“ATCON would like to use this opportunity to appreciate Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy who has been working assiduously to change the narrative of Nigeria through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
“As we all know, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy commissioned a number of projects that have reflected the dividend of sustainable development programme of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Nigeria’s Telecom Sector has witnessed several important developments – President Muhammadu Buhari on October 23, 2019 renamed the ministry which supervises the Telecoms and ICT Sector to the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and further expand its mandate to capture the goals of digitalization of the Nigerian economy in line with the Economic Growth and Recovery Plan (EGRP), the recently launched National Broadband Plan 2020 to 2025, the unveiling of a National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) and the constitution of Implementation and Steering Committee for the plan, all these would empower Nigerians (consumers) to take advantage of the Nigerian digital economy.
“It should be emphasized that interdependence and collaboration among the government, telecom and ICT Companies and Nigerians are clearly necessary but each of separate stakeholder has limitations and potentials hence the forum was convened to make an attempt to address the challenges and turn them to advantage for the development of our Telecom and ICT Sector in the era of COVID-19 and Post COVID-19 Pandemic”, he said.