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Danbatta calls for policies to fast-track digital growth

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Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta. PHOTO: YouTube

Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has called on stakeholders in the telecommunication sector to put in place right polices to fast track digital growth in Africa.

Danbatta made this call at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Digital Bridge Institute Regional Human Capacity Building Workshop in Abuja.

The three days’ workshop has the theme: “Strengthen Capacity on Internet Governance in Africa.

He said there was need to put in place policies and institutions that will accelerate digital growth in the Africa continent.

“We need to also examine policies that are in place and change those policies that pertain to internet governance with a view to making them more impactful.

“Policies that we need to put in place to inform internet governance, we need to look at what we can do to fast track blocking of internet access gaps.

“Because unless and until we do so, many of our citizens will continue to live without access to the internet, especially the right kind of internet connectivity, ‘the high speed internet, which is mostly facilitated by broadband infrastructure.

“NCC know how important it is to ensure that network is available, the infrastructure necessary to facilitate access to internet and that is why the country is being divided into seven zones with a licensee each to deploy broadband infrastructure,‘’ he said.


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