Pantami receives NBP 2020-2025 committee report

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

ISA Ali Ibrahim Pantami, minister of Communications and Digital Economy,  has 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,  Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer, CEO, MainOne Cable.

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

Pantami inaugurated the Committee on  December 16, 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

– Feb 19, 2020 @ 10:00 GMT |

– Feb 19, 2020 @ 10:00 GMT |

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