Federal Government through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has commenced the implementation of the second and third phases of the N41.6 billion Nigerian Communications Commission’s Broadband Connectivity Intervention in critical sectors across the country.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Pantami, made this known while presenting a letter of award to the beneficiaries in Abuja on Thursday.
He said that the implementation of the first phase had reached 80 per cent after the Federal Executive Council approved the intervention on 29th March 2023.
According to him, the funds for the interventions were internally generated revenue from the NCC. He added that the second and third phases of the broadband connectivity would provide services to 49 higher Institutions of learning, 20 airports and six markets.
Pantami further said that the total number of interventions across the country on broadband connectivity is 113.
“The first phase has been implemented on average 80 per cent; in some institutions, the implementation level is up to 90 per cent within that range. Because of this, I feel it is the right time to commence Phases 2 and phase 3.
“On Wednesday, 29th March 2023, I was at the Federal Executive Council where I presented a memorandum for this event we gathered here. The two memos covered 49 higher learning institutions, 20 airports and six markets. So by implication, each memo represents a phase. So, we are here for phase 2 and phase 3.
“The total amount we have committed to this is approximately N41.6 billion.The second and third phases are here; we have provisions for 20 airports, six additional markets, and 49 institutions of learning. We have prioritised polytechnics in this phase; we will prioritise colleges of education in the next phase.
“All in all, we can safely say we have 113 interventions from this number. Nineteen universities in the first one, one college of education, 20 markets, 49 additional institutions of learning, six additional markets and 20 airports, you can simply say we have 113 interventions so far from the 41.6 billion Naira to be spent as part of our donation to other sectors from our internally generated revenue through the telecommunication sub-sectors,” he said.
On his part, the Chairman Board of NCC, Prof Adeolu Akande, said the interventions were designed to diversify the Nigerian economy as envisioned by President Buhari.
“It Is a project conceived by the minister for communications and digital economy to drive the quest for the diversification of the Nigerian economy as envisioned by our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari,” Akande said