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NCC hopes for more support from Buhari govt

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…as Danbata hails re-election

Chinasa Afigbo

THE Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election saying his selfless service to the nation spurred his victory at the polls.


Executive Vice- Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, in a statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs of the Commission, Mr Nnamdi Nwokike, observed that the Commission has, in the last four years, received the unwavering support of the President, which helped not only in reasserting its regulatory independence, but also making it a global household name in the  regulatory excellence, and operational efficiency.

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He said  broadband penetration was 8.5 per cent when President Buhari assumed leadership of the country and appointed Prof. Danbatta as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NCC in 2015, but three years down the line, history was made when Nigeria surpassed its National Broadband penetration target of 30 per cent, hitting 31.48 per cent penetration at the end of December, 2018.

He also expressed optimism that with the support the Commission is enjoying from the Presidency; NCC is now ready to take  broadband penetration to the next level.

According to him, “the telecom industry has, in the last four years, remained resilient even in the face of most daunting economic challenges  with quarterly contribution of between N1.4 trillion to N1.5 trillion to the nation’s GDP.”

Danbatta noted that the statistics by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, ICT contribution to the GDP hit N.19 trillion in the 4th quarter of 2018, even as there were 174 million active subscribers on the nation’s telecommunications networks as at January, 2019, while the figures for internet users hit 113.8 million in the same month.

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