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ICT Hub | NDDC unfolds Niger Delta ‘fibre ring’ plan

ICT Hub | NDDC unfolds Niger Delta ‘fibre ring’ plan
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The Niger Delta is to be ringed with optical fibre cable under a plan to make the region, which is home to most of Nigeria’s vast oil wealth, a regional information and communication technology (ICT) hub.

Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) dropped the hint Thursday in Calabar while speaking during a reception for Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Acting President, during the latter’s state visit to Cross River State.

The NDDC Chairman says the proposed fibre ring will help to propel the ambition to look into the future beyond oil for the Niger Delta and transform the region into an ICT hub.

The NDDC Chairman says the proposed fibre ring will help to propel the ambition to look into the future beyond oil for the Niger Delta and transform the region into an ICT hub.

NDDC was established in 2000 with the mission of facilitating the rapid, even and sustainable development of the Niger Delta into a region that is economically prosperous, socially stable, ecologically regenerative and politically peaceful.

Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)
Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)

According to Ndoma-Egba, the new NDDC Board on his watch is refocusing the Commission towards its original mandate to promote overall development the region.

He say that the NDDC is now co-operating “with member states and doing everything to streamline our mandate and return it to what was originally envisaged, that is that of a regional development agency.”

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According to him, the new NDDC Board which came on board some six months ago inherited N1.4 trillion in debts owed for contracts awarded by the organisation.

NDDC is also cancelling over N200 billion worth of some of these contracts, says Ndoma-Egba, under the planned reform of the Commission to focus on its mandate regional development agency for the Niger Delta.

Nigeria now home to several undersea cables that are delivering the much-needed bandwidth for voice, data and video via optical fibre links like Glo 1, the wholly owned cable of Globacom, the Second National Operator; Main One, owned by Nigeria’s MainOne Cable Company and WASCE, owned by a consortium of telecoms and other investors including South Africa’s MTN Group, among others.

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