Federal Government has inaugurated National Broadband Plans 2020-2025 Committee to provide speedy internet service for 90% of Nigerians in five years.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami made this statement during the National Broadband Plans 2020-2025 Committee on Thursday, 9th July at the Minister’s conference room, Federal Secretariat complex Abuja.
He, Dr Pantami, explained that National Broadband Plans 2020-2025 is designed to further deepen internet penetration, create jobs, improve standard of living, spur economic growth and development in the country.
“The National Broadband plans 2020 – 2025 aims to provide broadband for 90% of Nigerians over the next 5 years at download speeds of 25Mbps in urban areas and 10Mbps in rural areas.
“The ICT has contributed 14.07% to the GDP In the first quarter of 2020. The more broadband penetration we achieve, the greater contribution to the GDP.
“Our targets with the new NBBP is to achieve broadband access to 90% of the population with 70% Broadband penetration by 2025. Also, we expect to achieve a speed of 25mbps in urban area and 10mbps in rural area”.
The event witnessed the presence of all heads of agencies under the supervision of Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
Earlier, the Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof Umar Garba while lauding the efforts of the Minister, stated that the committee is a step in the right direction, he pledged the cooperation of the NCC towards the implementation of the plans.
Similarly, Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr Kashifu Abdullahi while congratulating the Minister for the initiative stated that “This is another unprecedented milestone in accomplishing a Digital Nigeria, creating the policy is not enough, it needs to be implemented. This ministry is not just for policies. This broadband plan is what will provide the needed infrastructure for a Digital Economy”.
During the event the Minister, announced
the Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Engr Ubale Maska, as the Chariman of the commmitee.
In his acceptance speech, Engr Maska, expressed commitment towards a successful implementation of the broadband plans.
“Broadband is central to any digital economy. We are humbled to be members of the committee responsible for steering the implementation of the NBBP. We express our commitment to bring to bear our wealth of experiences for the successful implementation of the NBBP”.