Nigeria unveils Strategic Management Plan to boost Telecommunications

By Na'ankwat Dariem

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The Nigerian government  has  launched  a five – year (2020-2024) Strategic Management Plan(SMP)  through a virtual launch.

While unveiling the plan the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Pantami said His Excellency, President Buhari has approved the Ministry’s request to focus more on the promotion of a Digital Economy in an attempt to diversify the economy.

The SMP is a project of the Nigerian Communications Commission led by the Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umar Danbatta with the objective of creating a seamless strategy to augment effective management and regulation of the telecommunication sector.

The master plan would leverage on the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) and the new National Broadband Plan (NBP) 2020 – 2025 Roadmaps.

The Minister said the directives of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR aims to ensure all parastatals and agencies of government under the supervision of a Ministry are efficient and effective in service delivery to Nigerians.

Dr Pantami stressed the need for the commission to be focused on the implementation of the strategy adding that there’s notable improvement in the performance of the Nigerian Communications Commission.

He emphasised that NCC as the regulatory body needs to drive developmental regulation in Nigeria.

The Minister identified the five (5) components needed in the implementation of a strategy as People; Resources; Structure; System and Orientation” and called on the commission to provide his office with a monthly report on progress made.

The Executive Vice

Chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta said the document will provide a framework that will accelerate the growth of the telecoms sector and enhance digital economy in Nigeria.

The SMP focus is on set objectives and to analyse competitive environment and internal organisation as well as strategies and most importantly to ensure that this process is implemented by the entire organisation”

“A robust plan like ours has enveloped the fundamental objectives of the Commission in line wit global trends in telecoms sector. This will ensure accessible and quality services while guaranteeing alignment with effective day to day activities of the Commission, thereby prioritising programmes and projects to achieve the set goals and objectives using NCC resources to achieve the set goals of the NCC as a regulator”

Danbatta noted that the Federal government’s Economic and Diversification Plan are focused on a robust digital economy which will improve employment generation and current innovations in the country.

“This was prime in our minds during the formation of the National Digital Economy Strategic Plan,NDESP with eight pillars which the SMP falls under, one of which is Solid Infrastructure, to ensure the availability of robust data centers and deals with broadband expansion which includes the 2020-2025 Broadband Plan.”.

The President, Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria, ATCON , Mr. Olusola Teniola said the strategy was key as it would help sustain and accelerate the growth and development of the Nigerian Telecoms and Information Communication Technology, ICT industry especially in the era of COVID 19 pandemic.

The strategic master plan would leverage on the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) as well as the new National Broadband Plan (NBP) 2020 – 2025 Roadmaps.

There were goodwill messages from National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Galaxy Backbone Plc,Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited: …
Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) and other stakeholders holders in the ICT and Telecoms sector.

Lateefah Ibrahim

Read also: Science and Technology our panacea for meaningful development – President Buhari

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