Bayelsa Govt, NCC Seal Pact to Boost Digital Infrastructure – The Whistler Nigeria
The Bayelsa State Government has entered into a partnership with the Nigerian Communications Commission to strengthen the state’s telecommunications infrastructure.
The Executive Vice President and Managing Director of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta announced the development during a courtesy visit by a delegation from Bayelsa State to NCC management in Abuja.
“The NCC will work with Bayelsa to provide training to young people as long as the state government provides the necessary tools to achieve the objective results of these capacity building initiatives,” Danbatta said in a statement released by the NCC on Saturday.
But the commission wants the state to revise its state government-imposed rights of way.
NCC’s Director of Digital Economy, Dr. Augustine Nwaulune, who represented EVC, explained to Bayelsa State Commissioner for Communications, Science and Technology, Dr. Promise Ekio Ekio and his delegation , the implication of right of way fees on the deployment of digital infrastructure.
Ekio, who led the delegation, said Bayelsa State has identified the information and communications technology sector as a vital sector that would accelerate the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country. State.
He said, “We fervently hope that this meeting will be the beginning of a partnership that will flourish in the areas of digital education and rapid development of ICT infrastructure, for the benefit of the people of Bayelsa State and the other Nigerians living in the state.
“We want to assure the Commission of our willingness to work closely with them to fulfill their mandate in the state and realize the Bayelsa State Government’s vision of leveraging ICTs to accelerate development,” Ekio said. .
The commissioner told the commission that the state will also provide the necessary incentives to accelerate the deployment of ICT in the state.
Danbatta called for a collaborative effort to ensure that the relevant infrastructure needed to provide ubiquitous telecommunications services to achieve Bayelsa’s socio-economic goal is prioritized.
The EVC reiterated that the commission will ensure that infrastructure gaps in the telecommunications sector are addressed to achieve the government’s vision in the context of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy 2020- 30.
On right of way fees, he called on the state to review fees that have impacted the rollout of digital infrastructure in the state.
Danbatta said, “This will boost the deployment of digital infrastructure in cities and communities in and around Bayelsa State for effective economic diversification.
“The digital economy relies on broadband and ICT infrastructure and one of the factors hindering access to telecommunications infrastructure is the administration of the right of way by states and other state actors .”