Nigeria’s ICT sector has seen impressive growth

Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami is the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy. He told the international digital community that Nigeria has seen a phenomenal growth in its Information and Communication Technology Industry (ICT), which is enabling socioeconomic developments in Nigeria and across Africa.

In a statement Tuesday, June 14, by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Pantami stated this at a tea break hosted by Nigeria on the sideline of the 2022 International Telecommunication Union’s World Telecommunications Development Conference (ITU-WTDC) which started in Kigali Rwanda on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

ITUWTDC 2022 - Connecting the unconnected to achieve sustainable development

High-ranking ITU officials including Houlin Zhang, Secretary General, were present at the tea break, along with representatives and heads for delegations from other countries who were attending the annual conference.

In his speech during the brief event, the ITU Scribe, Houlin Zhao, extolled Nigeria’s role and contributions as a member of ITU Council. He used the opportunity to seek the support of the other member countries for Nigeria’s membership in the next cycle, 2022-2026.

Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General
Houlin Zhao is the Secretary-General of ITU

Addressing delegates on behalf of the Minister, the Executive Commissioner, Technical Services at the NCC, Ubale Maska, said Nigeria had continued to record impressive growth in its ICT sector and acknowledged the support of the ITU in Nigeria’s strides in ICT.

Nigeria has used ICT as a driver for socio-economic development, not just for herself but also for the benefit and the sub-region. Nigeria is a founding member and strategic sponsors of the West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly.

Maska provided growth statistics on telecoms in Nigeria. He stated that Nigeria has grown from less than half million connected telephone lines to more than 200 million active mobile phones in the past 20 years. In Nigeria, broadband penetration has reached 42.79%.

FG, at ITU-WTDC says the ICT sector in Nigeria has recorded impressive growth
L-R: Ubale Masa, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy; Ubale Maska is the Executive Commissioner for Technical Services at NCC. Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami is the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.

“As a country, we have grown from Second Generation (2G), to 3G, 4G and now the 5G is about to come on board after conducting a globally-acclaimed transparent auction and awards of two 5G licences. Also, the country has implemented vigorous financial inclusion initiatives riding on robust digital infrastructure,” Maska said.

Maska said that favorable policies in the country have encouraged the growth of ICT.

Nigeria’s role in the ITU Council

Maska, a long-standing ITU Council member, said that Nigeria has played remarkable roles in ITU. These include its chairing the World Summit on the Information Society (2022); chairing the World Radiocommunications conference (WRC), 2015; and being the chair of the ITU Council Standing Committee on Administration and Management in 2019 and 2022.

He claimed that Nigeria was also the Ad-hoc Committee on ITU regional Presence.

Maska assured the participants of Nigeria’s desire to be able to continue to participate in the ITU Council cycle 2022-2026. He commended the Rwandan government for hosting this year’s edition of the conference on behalf of the African continent.

Maska, who participated as a panelist at the Partner2Connect Development Roundtable High Level Panel 8, warmly appreciated the ITU officials and delegates from other countries for honouring Nigeria’s invitation to the tea break to have important deliberations at the development conference.

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Partner2Connect Digital Development Roundtable at ITU-WTDC 2022

What is the WTDC and how does it work?

Focused on “Sustainable development requires connecting the disconnected”, WTDC is a unique opportunity to develop innovative approaches and new models of collaboration for connectivity and digital solutions in this final ‘Decade of Action’ to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

WTDC is taking place in Kigali. Rwanda from 6-16 June 2022. The Generation Connect Global Youth Summit (from 2 to 4 June) preceded the WTDC.

Through its Telecommunication Development Bureau, (BDT), the ITU organizes the WTDC during the time between two Plenipotentiary Conferences, which are the highest organ of the ITU and take place every four years. This is to examine topics, projects, and programmes related to telecommunications development.

WTDC establishes the objectives and strategies for developing telecommunication and ICT. It also provides direction and guidance to ITU Telecommunication Development Sector.

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