Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami on Thursday inaugurated the Broadband Implementation Steering Committee
The Committee is expected to monitor the implementation of the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (2020-2025) which was unveiled and launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 19th of March, 2019.
Speaking during the inauguration, the minister said Broadband supports the development of the digital economy and a focus on growing the National Digital Economy will also improve the nation’s traditional economy.
He said the new broadband plan is designed to deliver data download speeds across Nigeria of a minimum 25Mbps in urban areas, and 10Mbps in rural areas, with effective coverage available to at least 90% of the population by 2025 at a price not more than N390 per 1GB of data
Pantami said in order to achieve these ambitious targets, the plan focused on recommendations in 4 critical pillars, Infrastructure, Policy/Spectrum, Demand Drivers and Funding/Incentives
He said the Plan targets the deployment of nationwide fibre coverage to reach all State Capitals, and a point of presence in at least 90% of Local Government Headquarters.
He said it also targets tertiary educational institutions, major hospitals in each state and 60% of base stations by 2025 at statutory rates of N145/meter for Right of Way (RoW).
The minister disclosed that engagement with the Nigeria Governors’ Forum has inspired several state governments to adopt the N145/meter and a few of these States have even waived the fee altogether.
He said President Buhari jas also directed the security agencies to protect all Critical National Infrastructure.
He charged the Implementation Steering Committee to adopt the Broadband Plan as their working manual
“You should become very familiar with the 100-page document. I believe that a combination of the knowledge of its content and your subject matter expertise will enable you provide a catalyst for innovative solutions to the implementation of the Plan.
“I often state that no Policy or Plan can implement itself. As such, it is critical to ensure that an adequate level of monitoring and feedback is integrated into your activities,” Pantami said.
The Terms of Reference for the Committee are as follows:
- Develop Terms of Reference for the Project Management Office (PMO);
- Develop Terms of Reference for the Delivery Units (DU);
iii. Define staffing requirements for each of the Project Delivery Units;
- Monitor the activities of the PMO and DUs to ensure compliance with the Plan;
- Manage changes to the Plan;
- Provide periodic (Monthly, Quarterly, etc) updates and on-demand reports to the Honourable Minister; we should start with monthly updates.