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NCC: Driving the digital frontier of Nigeria’s Renewed Hope agenda

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Nigeria’s young, tech-savvy population is rapidly embracing digital technologies, fueled by expanding internet access and a steady broadband penetration rate of about 43%.

This digital momentum is poised to significantly enhance various sectors, boosting connectivity and digital skills across the nation.

The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the importance of robust telecommunications infrastructure for remote work and virtual collaboration.

E-commerce has reshaped consumer habits, while businesses increasingly adopt digital solutions to enhance customer experience.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are revolutionizing education, healthcare, and public services, making strong telecommunications infrastructure essential.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda emphasizes leveraging the digital economy to empower youth and women.

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Aligned with this vision, the Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijani, unveiled a “Strategic Agenda” aiming to spur economic growth through digital innovation. This agenda sets ambitious targets to improve Quality of Service (QoS) and broadband penetration.

The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Aminu Maida, has outlined three strategic focus areas: Consumers, Industry and Licensees, and the Government. His approach balances the needs of these stakeholders to realize President Tinubu’s vision.

Focusing on Consumers, Maida aims to enhance their Quality of Experience, encompassing all aspects of telecom service use.

To address consumer complaints about data depletion, the NCC has directed Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to conduct audits and is simplifying tariff plans for greater transparency.

For the Industry and Licensees, Maida is committed to fostering a resilient sector. The NCC is tackling industry debt issues, advocating for telecom infrastructure as critical national infrastructure, and persuading states to waive Right of Way (RoW) fees.

The Commission is also working to address multiple taxation issues in the telecom sector.

By achieving its goals, the NCC is actively supporting the Ministry’s vision of enhancing economic growth and productivity through technological innovation, fulfilling the promise of Renewed Hope for all Nigerians.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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