Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) and the Government of the United Kingdom (UK), have agreed to collaborate on digital inclusion that is aimed at bridging access gaps in Nigeria
cybersecurity and Capacity building is the major Digital inclusion in Nigeria, however, this two has received quite a low attention in time past, which is the reason why the NCC is going into partnership with the United Kingdom Government, in what is seen as a major step towards bridging access gaps in the country.
The new development got to public ears through Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, executive vice chairman and chief executive officer of the Commission, shortly after a meeting with Alessandra Lustrati, Senior Private Sector Development Adviser & Head Digital Inclusion at Department of Foreign &International Development (DFID) led high-powered delegation from the UK, who paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.
“This delegation is here to explore how the UK Government can channel a significant intervention to the tune of £1.2 billion to create wealth and posterity in selected countries around the world. And this creation of posterity will leverage on the power of ICT to provide access to unserved and underserved areas in the country. The intervention is also on cybersecurity and capacity building, three key areas,” he explained.
The Commission has earlier informed of about 200 gaps in the area of Digital Access across the Nation, and it has since been finding different rural technology solutions to plug them in 2 years, as against the 20 years projected. “With the right rural technology solution, we can do it faster, because at the rate we are plugging the gaps, it will take us about 20 years to conclude. These gaps deprive 40 million Nigerians of access to telecommunications services, out of 190 million.” Prof informed during the event. “The good thing about getting a solution to the access gap problem is that, we know where the gaps are, we have our access gap map, we can actually point out where the gaps are,” he stressed.
Speaking earlier, Lustrati told the EVC that the UK government plans to begin the execution of the intervention plan as soon as April 2019, noting that the project was deliberately made “country-specific” to enable countries like Nigeria to choose the nature of the interventions they desire. Hopefully, all of the 200 gaps will be filled during the course of the UK Government intervention.