By Ise-Oluwa Ige
ABUJA – The Executive Vice- Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Mr. Ernest Ndukwe, has said that the Nigerian telecommunication connection base has hit 67 million.
Of this figure, no fewer than 66 million Nigerians or 99 per cent owned a telephone for the first time between 2001 and now.
He said the figure is a huge leap from about 200,000 Nigerians using any form of telecommunication before 2001.
He said this while receiving a delegation of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) in his office in Abuja.
But he said that the leap in the number of telephone users and telecommunication firms operating in the country is not without its disadvantage.
He said some of the firms had sued the commission before the regular courts but that the development is welcomed.
He said the pronouncements of the court on such cases would no doubt assist in regulating the sector.
Ndukwe, however, said that the leap in the subscribersâ€™ base has made Nigeria a reference point to other African nations in telecommunication industry.
According to him, regulatory commissions across the continent had been visiting to understudy NCC.
NCC is saddled with the responsibility of regulating the telecommunication industry in Nigeria.
Earlier, the Director General, NIALS, Professor Epiphany Azinge, had said the visit was to explore areas of collaboration with the commission.
While commending the agency for its remarkable achievements in the telecommunication industry, Azinge urged NCC to remain focused without sounding political to avoid distractions.