Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs .
This is as the national broadband strategy and roadmap developed by a Presidential Committee to facilitate the achievement of fivefold increase in broadband penetration by 2017 has been submitted and approved by the federal government.
The Minister in her keynote address at the just concluded second
"These are extremely significant achievements and milsetones as they have established the predictability of the cost of infrastructure development in the ICT sector, reduced the cost of network deployment by ensuring that for every naira that is spent on infrastructure more is spent on actual infrastructure and less on administration and taxes, as well as shortened the period for application processing.
"I know that these guidelines have been discussed in the last few days and it is my expectation that you will all work with us to ensure that these guidelines are adhered to at the state level," she explained.
According to Johnson, the efforts being made by the Federal Government will not yield optimum results without active participation of the states and local governments adding that there was need to address the important issue of the role of the states in many of the initiatives put in place at the federal level.
Common areas of interest, according to her will include the implementation of the National Broadband plan, National Policy on ICT, Digital and financial inclusion, local content framework, use of frequency spectrum and National Strategic E-government framework and collection of data on ICT sector.
"There is no doubt that the states and local governments are in a good position to contribute their quota in this respect. State governments have more complete knowledge of their localities and can work closely with service providers in their respective states to identify where and what kinds of servicesshould be made available and where there are under-served and unserved areas.
"States are also in a better position to obtain the most accurate data possible on use of broadband and to continuously update and refresh the data provided by service providers to make it more and more accurate over time. States can implement independent verification programs to confirm service availability and actual experienced upload and download speeds" she further explained.
Four things, according to the Minister define mandate for this industry. "We have to connect
"We have to connect Nigerians through the wide ownership of cost effective devices or access to devices where people can still not afford them and we have to aggressivley drive the participation of Nigerians in ICT businesses and improve local and domestic value add in the sector.
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