The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has disclosed that about 40 million Nigerians are currently been deprived access to the internet due to over 200 access gaps recorded in the Information and Communication Technology industry.
Speaking at the ongoing International Telecommunication Union, ITU, Annual Regional Human Capacity Building Workshop organized in conjunction with the Digital Bridge Institute, Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive officer of the NCC, Mr. Umar Danbatta, also stated that something needed to done urgently to bridge these gaps.
He said, “In Nigeria, we have more than 200 access gaps. We know where these gaps are and you won’t believe this, but these access gaps deprive Nigerians, close to 40 million of them, access to internet. When we talk about policies that need to be put in place to improve internet services, we need to look at what we can we do to fast track plugging these access gaps, because unless we do something, many of our citizens would continue to live without access to internet, especially the right kind of internet connectivity, the high speed internet, which must be facilitated by broadband infrastructure.”