‘NCC is a digital enabler of the renewed hope agenda’

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has restated that the commission is a digital enabler of the renewed hope agenda of the President Ahmed Bola Tinubu’s administration.

The commission has also noted that, in Nigeria, a young tech-savvy and upwardly mobile population is teeming, and exploring derivable benefits of digital technologies. They are propelled by rapidly expanding internet access and steady broadband penetration, currently about 43 per cent.

A statement by the Director, Public Affairs, Reuben Muoka, said, digital transformation is happening globally at a record pace. During the Covid-19 pandemic, for example, remote work and virtual collaboration tools took centre stage; platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet became—and still are—essential for meetings, conferences and team collaboration.

According to the statement, E-commerce and online retail have transformed how consumers seamlessly order and receive goods and services. Even traditionally brick-and-mortar businesses are changing the ways they engage with their customers through introduction of digital solutions to improve the customer experience. It is a no-brainer that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are revolutionising lives for the better, whether in education, healthcare delivery, living, public services, energy management, and much more.

“For President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Renewed Hope Agenda draws all to a more promising outlook. Inherent in his agenda is the pledge to embolden and support the youth and women by harnessing emerging sectors such as the digital economy. In delivering this vision, the Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani unveiled a blueprint appropriately titled – “Accelerating our Collective Prosperity through Technical Efficiency” with the goal of supporting Nigeria’s economic growth by enhancing productivity, facilitated by digital innovation,” the statement noted.

Continuing it said, “Acknowledging the criticality of resilient telecommunications infrastructure to a robust digital economy, Dr. Tijani’s Strategic Agenda 2023 — 2027 sets targets to achieve a 50 per cent improvement in Quality of Service (QoS) by the end of 2024; to boost Nigeria’s broadband penetration rate to 70 per cent by the end of 2025; to deliver data download speed of 25Mbps in urban areas and 10Mbps in rural areas by the end of 2025; to provide coverage for, at least, 80 per cent of the country’s population, especially the underserved and unserved populations by the end of 2026; to reduce the gap of unconnected Nigerians in rural areas from 61 per cent to less than 20 per cent by 2027; and to secure between 300 per cent to 500 per cent increase in broadband investment by the end of 2027. 

“Drawing from the Strategic Agenda of the Ministry, the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC) Dr. Aminu Maida,  has emplaced three Strategic Focus Areas for the Commission: The Consumers, the Industry and Licensees; and the Government.