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Ministry of Commtech to hold stakeholders forum

The Ministry of Communication Technology has concluded arrangements to hold a Stakeholders Forum tagged ‘’Connected for Growth’’

The forum according to Efem Nkanga, SA (Media) to the Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson will hold at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Kuramo Waters on Thursday this week.

The event which serves as an avenue for interaction between the ministry and industry stakeholders will provide the opportunity to assess progress in key areas of the ICT Industry.

The Ministry since creation in July 2011 has been holding regular forums with industry stakeholders in fulfilment of the pledge by the Minister, Mrs Omobola Johnson that she will work hand in hand with industry stakeholders to transform the ICT sector.

The proposed forum is the third of such forums with stakeholders, at the first forum; the Minister presented her Roadmap and vision for the ICT industry on the 22nd of September 2011, at the second forum, on the 9th of March 2012, the Ministry collaborated with Stakeholders on the Draft National ICT Policy which was approved in Principle in August 2012.

The Ministry has achieved a number of milestones since creation and latest was the presentation of the work of the Presidential committee on Broadband Strategy and Roadmap to President Goodluck  Jonathan.

The Ministry also has the National ICT Policy which identifies ubiquitous and affordable broadband for all Nigerians as one of its several priority areas. The target set by the National ICT policy is to achieve a five- fold increase in broadband penetration to 30% over the 2012 penetration rate of 6%.

The Policy aims to achieve this by accelerating the penetration of reasonably priced broadband internet in the country, foster broadband usage for national development and ensure the rapid development of a broadband policy support and implementation framework.

Recall that President Jonathan on May 30th received the report of the Presidential Broadband Committee set up to develop a broadband strategy and roadmap for Nigeria presented by the Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson and the Chairmen of the Committee, Dr Ernest Ndukwe and Mr Jim Ovia .

The President who pledged to fully implement the Report stressed that Broadband access and internet technologies are a key enabler of socio-economic growth and enabler of a fully knowledge-based economy. He emphasized that the newly developed broadband strategy will help Nigeria to build a digital economy in this era of the knowledge economy.

The Co Chairman of the committee, Engr Ndukwe  presented the report titled ‘The National Broadband Plan 2013-2018 and informed the President that the broadband Vision for Nigeria is one of a society of connected communities with high speed internet and broadband access that will facilitate faster socioeconomic advancement of the nation and its people.

He enumerated the strategic goals and objectives of the Broadband plan to include the Promotion of pervasive broadband deployment, increase of broadband adoption usage, provision of nationwide availability of broadband at affordable prices and promotion of universal adoption and usage of broadband.


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