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NCC host Media and News Editor, Expressed Appreciation


NCC host Media and News editors recently. The purpose of the event was to expressed appreciation to the effort of the media on promoting the activities of Nigeria Communication Commission.

Those present at the meeting includes the media chiefs, news editors, the EVC of NCC, Professor Umaru Danbatta, Director of Public Affairs for NCC, Tony Ojobo and other relevant stakeholders. The EVC spoke to the stakeholders on the activities of NCC towards ensuring the penetration of Broadband in Nigeria.

He said that the aim of the commission is to ensure that there is 30 percent Broadband deployments at the end of 2018. So far, the commission has achieved 22 percent of this plan. He also mentioned World Bank report, citing that if a country increase Broadband penetration by 10 percent, it is expected to have increase in Gross Domestic Product, GDP, by 1.22 percent in developed countries and 1.38 percent in undeveloped ones.

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He further spoke on Quality of Service and the steps the commission has taken to address the challenges of telecommunications industry. The NCC Director of Publicity, Tony Ojobo, in his speech, thanks the participants and appreciate their efforts on accurate coverage of the commission activities.

In keeping with the Commission’s spirit of being transparent and interdependent with all the stakeholders of the telecoms industry, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta spoke with Media Chiefs and News Editors from both the traditional and Online Media organisations on the current strides, activities and commitment of the Commission towards improving telecom services and Broadband deployment in Nigeria. Prof, Danbatta, in his opening remarks expressed his appreciation for the quality and quantity of media coverage in the telecom industry which has helped highlight Nigeria as a prime location for investment in Telecoms services. Prof. Danbatta spoke on the milestone achievements made by the NCC in licensing four Infracos (Infrastructure Service Providers) and noted that a report by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) showed that Nigeria’s broadband penetration had reached 22% with 30% being the target set by the National Broadband Plan by 2018. He added that a World Bank study had concluded that a 10% point increase in fixed broadband penetration would increase GDP growth by 1.21% in developed economies and 1.38% in developing ones. The EVC also spoke on Quality of Service and what steps the Commission is taking to address the challenges in the telecom industry. Also speaking at the event was the NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo, who thanked participants for their continuous and accurate coverage of the Commission’s activities and emphasized the importance the Commission attaches to its relationship with the media, which helps in propagating the visibility of the Commission and its activities most particularly during the eventful declaration of 2017 as Year of the Nigerian Telecom Consumer. He further said the media has been as instrumental and helpful to the development of the industry as policies and regulations of Telecoms reaches the public through the media. The event ended with exchanges of appreciations by all the relevant stakeholders that participated in the event.

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