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Presentation of the draft Presidential Committee Report on National Broadband Plan 2020 - 2025

In December 2019, to foster the growth of a Digital Economy and to achieve broadband penetration by the year 2025, the Nigerian Government inaugurated the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NBP) Committee for the Development of the 2020-2025 National Broadband Plan for Nigeria.  

The NBP Committee met several times over the course of two months to deliberate on issues as they relate to the national broadband, with focus on how to penetrate the underserved and unserved areas in the country and drive the Nigerian digital economy. Mr. Muhammed Rudman, the President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) is an active member of the NBP Committee.

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM was at the 2020 - 2025 National Broadband Planning Committee Meeting, which held on the 5th of February 2020.

On the 18th February 2020, the Committee submitted its draft report to the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM. The draft Presidential Committee report was submitted to the Honourable Minister by the Chairperson of the Committee, Mrs. Funke Opeke, the CEO Mainone.

ICTLOCA CONVERGENCE SERIES 2020

The Second Annual Community Conference on ICT Local Content held on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at TOPAS Hub Alaka Estate, Surulere, Lagos State. The theme of the event was “ICT LOCAL CONTENT and the Digital Economy: Dissecting Challenges and Proffering Solutions”.

In his keynote address, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote who was represented by Mr Babatunde Akhihiero said all successes achieved in promoting the development and utilization of in-country capacities for the industrialization of Nigeria through the effective implementation of the Nigerian Content Act was made possible because NCDMB presented herself for any possible collaboration to get the work done. He implored all stakeholders, contractors and business owners to embrace collaboration for positive results.

During the ”Success Story” session of the event, Mr Tobi Adelakin, co-founder of AdNaira Mr Emeka Okafor, the Managing Director of  Tera Network Abuja narrated their experiences and paths to success. They encouraged Nigerian youth to embrace innovation and provide excellent services to the Nigerian market.

Mrs. Edith Udeagu, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), gave a presentation on the challenges ICT organisations face in the Oil and Gas Industry. She said that some of the professionals in the ICT industry are not aware of the Local Content Act and those who are aware are yet to internalize the opportunities the Act provides for the ICT Industry in Nigeria. Another challenge highlighted was the issue of non-collaboration. She said there is a need for ICT professionals and companies to collaborate and provide the needed capacity required to undertake projects in the Oil and Gas Industry. Other issues outlined by the Executive Secretary include lack of trust in Nigerian businesses, lack of congruence amongst professionals, challenges with enabling environment and policies, the dearth in applicable research, internal policies in ICT companies, etc.

Mr. Ogbonnaya Ugama, Deputy Director, Licensing and Authorization Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) who represented the Executive Vice Chairman NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta at the event, said that local content is an area of serious concern to NCC as it is an avenue to engage with industry stakeholders to move the economy forward. He said his organisation’s collaboration with ICTLOCA and other industry stakeholders would help enrich the strategies and policies that NCC is planning to roll out in a bid to advance the discourse on local content in the industry. He identified the dearth of basic infrastructure(power, roads and so on) required for original local manufacturers and indigenous companies to establish plants in Nigeria, scarcity of local manufacturers of ICT equipment, challenges with doing business such as multiple taxation, insecurity in some parts of the country, vandalization, dearth of technical expertise as some of the challenges hampering growth of local content in the telecommunications industry. He said that NCC is working on some strategies to help solve the existing challenges; citing the collaboration with the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) to develop curriculum on software development, coding and related technology that would help local content in the country.

During the open mic session, Mrs. Udeagu encouraged all to patronise Nigerian local contents, patronise local hosting companies. She said that local companies should ensure they produce good quality products and services that would be patronised by Nigerians. She mentioned the need for businesses to use/identify with the .ng domain names to promote their businesses online; the .ng brand representing the online identity of Nigerians.

Mr. Cornerstone Akinbo appreciated the sponsors of the event, mentioning in particular, the TOPAS Hub who supported with a free venue. The closing remarks were delivered by Mrs Habibat Olatunji with the recitation of the National Pledge. She thanked all the participants who attended the event.

.NG DOMAIN NAME REPORT JANUARY 2020

PROFESSOR MUHAMMED ABUBAKAR RESUMES AS MD/CEO GALAXY BACKBONE

President Muhammed Buhari, GCFR, recently appointed Professor Muhammed Bello Abubakar as the new Managing Director/Chief Executive Of Galaxy Backbone (GBB).  He has since officially resumed and replaces Mr. Yusuf Kazaure who has been at the helm of affairs at Galaxy Backbone for the last five years.

Galaxy Backbone (GBB) is 100% owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria and an agency under the supervision of the Federal Ministry Of Communications and Digital Technology. GBB operates as a limited liability company determined to drive world-class professionalism in its approach to delivering Information Technology and digital services to its customers. GBB is the digital Infrastructure and shared services provider of the Federal Government charged with the responsibility to develop and implement a national network and data infrastructure platform for public and private institutions.

Whilst addressing the staff upon resumption, Professor Abubakar reiterated the vision of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM. He said ‘Digital Economy is the new revolution. I am committed to ensuring that as MD of Galaxy Backbone, I help in achieving the eight (8) pillars of creating a digital economy as developed by the Honourable Minister’.

To read more, click on the link https://galaxybackbone.com.ng/news/professor-muhammed-abubakar-resumes-as-md-ceo-galaxy-backbone/

Dr. PANTAMI LAUDS CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA’S (CBN) DOWNWARD REVIEW OF ELECTRONIC TRANSFER FEES

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim(Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM through a press release signed by his spokesperson, Mrs. Uwa Suleiman, hailed the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for considerably reducing the cost of electronic cash transactions and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card maintenance fees.

This directive from the Regulator of the financial sector he said, will in no small measure contribute to the actualization of a Digital Economy, as lower service charges will encourage a higher patronage of electronic services, especially in the banking and financial services sector.

The Honourable Minister encouraged all decision-making institutions in the country, to enact policies that will give support for and key into the Digital Economy policy of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR.