Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, the new chief of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) says the telecoms sector can contribute 25 percent to Nigeria’s GDP by 2025.
However, this can only be realised if the industry is committed to putting a robust plan with long, medium and short-term measures to attract and sustain investments, the telecoms regulator says.
Danbatta, who was represented by Tony Ojobo, Director of Public Affairs at NCC dropped this charge in Lagos at the 2015 Nigeria Telecom Impact CEO Forum, a forum that brought together top C level executives to assess the impact of telecoms on business and the economy.
Danbatta says an enabling environment would ensure that the telecoms sector contributes 25 per cent to the country’s GDP by 2025.
“The telecom regulator is desirous of the ICT sector contributing even more than 25 per cent to GDP by 2025. At the current contribution estimated at 10%, this implies achieving additional 15 per cent over the next ten years”, the NCC chief told the technology forum.
“In the ICT sector, it is all about investments. It could be investments in infrastructures, content, human capital, and supportive infrastructure availability, especially power as it relates to this sector”, he adds.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC of NCC”]“The telecoms regulator is desirous of the ICT sector contributing even more than 25 per cent to GDP by 2025. At the current contribution estimated at 10%, this implies achieving additional 15 per cent over the next ten years.”[/blockquote]