The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said it remitted a whooping N362.34 billion as revenue to the Federal Government’s consolidated revenue account in a space of five (5) years.
The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, who disclosed this in his presentation to Course 29 Participants at the National Defence College, Nigeria, also said this contribution from the telecommunications industry has helped the country’s diversification efforts.
“Telecommunications is key to the diversification of the Nigerian economy, as the telecom sector played a dual role of contributing to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and being an enabler to other sectors of the economy. In a period of five years, the Commission remitted over N362.34 billion as revenue in five (5) years to the Federal Government’s consolidated revenue account,” he said.
Danbatta, who spoke on a theme, “The Telecommunications Industry and National Development in Nigeria: The Roles of the NCC in Promoting Digital Economy”, argued that the telecoms sector is the life-wire that will drive the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) of the Federal Government.
Meanwhile, the former University lecturer has listed fixed broadband Infrastructure gap, Right of Way (RoW), Foreign Exchange, Vandalism of telecoms infrastructure, Electric Power Supply, Multiple Taxations and regulations as some of the challenges bedeviling the industry.
On fixed broadband infrastructure gap, he said, the commission will bolster the exiting fibre optic infrastructure across the country by 38,296 km through the Infrastructure Companies (InfraCo) project Initiative.
On Row, the NCC boss said, the engagement with the Nigeria Governors Forum on adoption of N145/m as RoW fees has yielded results in Kaduna, Katsina, Imo, Ekiti and Plateau State.
He urged other states governments to key into the success of the digital economy drive by reducing RoW fees and other charges targeting telecom service providers.
Danbatta’s paper delved into a range of issues, including the correlation between broadband and GDP, telecom contribution to national development, telecom investment trend in Nigeria, telecom contribution to digital economy, conceptualisation of digital economy, among others.
In his remarks, the Commandant of the National Defence College, Rear Admiral Mackson Kadiri, appreciated the EVC, describing his paper as in-depth, incisive and timely, giving the pivotal role the telecom sector plays in ensuring National Security and National Development.