As part of an effort to drive Nigeria’s inclusive digital future and fully embrace digital economy, the Federal Government is set to unveil National Broadband Plan (NBP) 2020-2025.
According to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, President Muhammadu Buhari will personally unveil the five years broadband plan on Thursday in Abuja.
The President will also on the same day commission other ICT programs and projects coordinated, supervised and implemented by the Ministry of communications and Digital Economy under the leadership of Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.
This projects and programs are in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria launched and unveiled by the President on 28th November 2019.
Earlier on Monday, the minister inaugurate Steering Committee whose membership was drawn from the heads and Chief Executive Officers of parastatals under the ministry.
According to him, “It is our collective responsibilities to support the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure the programmes are successful because the success of any one of us is a collective achievement and the failure of any one of us is a collective responsibility.
“We cannot talk about digital economy without addressing the broadband penetration issue and this is the reason we want to unveil the new national broadband policy.”
The launching activities are targeted at ensuring effective developmental regulation of the Nigerian ICT sector, improve broadband penetration, enhance the security of the nation and responsiveness to emergency life treating situations and lastly empower the youths, women, people living with disabilities among others with the digital skills needed to excel in the 21st century to create potential employers in the society.
It is to be recall, the World Bank has commended Nigeria move in embracing digital economy as a drive for inclusive digital future.
“As the biggest economy in Africa with one of the largest populations of young people in the world, Nigeria is well-positioned to develop a strong digital economy, which would have a transformational impact on the country,” said Isabel Neto, World Bank Senior Digital Development Specialist and co- author of the report.
“Through innovations and investments, the Nigerian economy can harness digital data and new technologies, generate new content, link individuals with markets and government services, and roll out new, sustainable business models.”
The Nigeria Digital Economy Diagnostic says that with improvements in digital connectivity, digital skills, digital financial services and other core areas of digital development, Nigeria can fully unleash new economic opportunities, create jobs and transform people’s lives.