Nigeria: Federal Government set to Support Broadband Rollout

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The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, gave further clarification on its roadmap for broadband delivery for Nigeria as Dr Eugene Juwah, the Commission's Executive Vice-Chairman said in Lagos that to enable service delivery at affordable prices for the end-user, where it may not be economically viable to do so, the Commission will offer financial incentives to the infrastructure providers to enable them operate reasonably profitably.

 ‘In addition, the Government through the Commission will facilitate agreements and engage in dispute resolution among the various stakeholders.” He spoke at the West African ICT Congress which took off in Lagos Tuesday.

President of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Chris Uwaje, said at the same event that the West African sub region has become a major consumer of technology, without offering anything to the technology world. He urged governments in the sub-region to declare ‘state of emergency’ in ICT. ‘The world is changing and the sub-region must be involved in the change’ Uwaje said.