Pantami receives NBP 2020-2025 C’ttee Report

Minister of and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, this afternoon (18/2/2020) received draft report of National Broadband Plan Committee 2020-2025.

report presented to him his office by Chairman of Committee, Ms Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), MainOne Cable.  

The Committee is co-chaired by Dr. Bashir Gwandu, former Executive  Technical Services NCC, while Engr. Ubale Maska, NCC’s Executive  Technical Services is the Secretary of the Committe.  

attendance the presentation ceremony today were members of the Committee. The Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of NCC, Prof. Danbatta also present the event. 

Dr. Pantami the Committee on 16 December 2019 to develop a new National Broadband Plan 2020-2025 that will be a guiding template for further development of the telecommunications sector. 

This followed the expiration of the 2013-2018 National Broadband Plan which designed to at least 30 percent broadband penetration Nigeria. At the expiration of the old Plan, Nigeria achieved 37.8 percent broadband coverage.  

At the inauguration of the new NBP Committee, Pantami also urged the members to review the old plan, examine its and proffer solutions. He equally urged the committee to undertake the assignment in the context of growing and emerging technologies. 

The new broadband plan, being developed with the support and collaboration of the Government of the Kingdom (UK), is to increase broadband penetration to 70 percent by 2025 in order to give concrete expression to Federal Government’s commitment to making Nigeria a truly digital economy. 

It will be recalled that on January 3, 2020, while engaging the press at a Media Briefing and Chat, Dr. Pantami promised that the report of the new NBP Committee will be ready in the first quarter of the year 2020.