Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) and the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, have pledged to drive policy initiatives that foster investment in infrastructure in the Nigerian telecom sector to enhance connectivity for national growth and development.
Prof. Ibrahim and Prof. Danbatta made this statement during the reception marking the landing of the Equiano undersea Cable System in Nigeria at the Open Access Data Centre in Lagos.
The duo praised Google LLC, the West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC), and other shareholders for providing additional bandwidth capacity in Nigeria to improve connectivity and growth.
Prof. Ibrahim was represented by NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Adeleke Adewolu, at the event, and Executive Commissioner, Technical Services at NCC, Ubale Maska, who stood in for Prof. Danbatta.
Other executive staff members present at the event for the Commission included Bako Wakil, NCC’s Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, and Yomi Arowosafe, the Controller, NCC’s Ibadan Zonal Office.
According to the Minister, the government will continue to drive the implementation of the current administration’s existing digital economy-oriented policies.
Furthermore, Prof. Ibrahim pledged a conducive environment that encourages foreign and local investment in infrastructure development, like those of Google and its co-investors.
In addition, Prof. Danbatta indicated that the Commission’s expectations, initiatives, and vision in accelerating broadband penetration, progression of a digital economy, quality of service, and developing national security through technological advancement, are interventions that the regulatory has prioritised.
Prof. Danbatta shared his delight at Equiano joining other submarine cables in Nigeria, including SAT3 cable, MainOne cable, Glo1 cable, ACE cable, WACS cable, and Dolphin by Natcom as well as MTN.