Professor Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman at Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), says that both multiple taxation and Right of Way (RoW) stifle growth of Nigerian telecoms sector.
According to him radical steps must be taken if the country must make appreciable progress towards the attainment of the sustainable development goals.
This was one of the key point when the telecoms regulatory chief visited Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun State Governor, at Government House, Abeokuta in what may be seen as way of reducing the Right of Way in the State.
Vandalization and pilfering are among the threats to the Nigerian telecoms services and operations in the country, he says.
He wants States in Nigeria to adhere to the resolutions of the National Economic Council with regards to taxation and levies on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure.
The Nigerian Communications Act 2003 and the National ICT Policy empowers the NCC to regulate the Nigerian telecoms sector in line with global practices, Danabatta says.
Highlighting Nigerian telecoms sector, the NCC chief says the revolution in telecoms sector began with the license of digital mobile operators in 2001. Current statistics indicate that teledensity is in excess of 107% with about 150 million subscribers across the various mobile networks.
On the broadband policy, the Commission launched the 8-Point Agenda to facilitate the broadband revolution in Nigeria, he says underscoring the the National Broadband Policy’s (2013-2018) vision to increase broadband penetration from 10% to 30% by year 2018.
Danbatta says the 8-Point Agenda is in sync with the policy directions of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration to provide Internet services to the served, under-served and un-served in Nigeria.