Sunday Dare, the Executive Commissioner (Stakeholders’ Management) of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has said that multiple taxations and duplicated regulation across Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) was posing threat to the nation’s quest of attaining technology infrastructure objectives.
Dare raised the alarm while delivering a keynote address at the South-South Stakeholders Parliament with relevant agencies in charge of telecommunications matters, held in Benin City, Edo State, at the weekend.
He, however, noted that engagement with stakeholders has led to a noticeable reduction.
The NCC boss said the commission decided to hold the regional parliament in Benin in line with Governor Godwin Obaseki’s policy of placing technology and ICT at the heart of governance in the state, especially with the establishment of the Ministry of Science and Technology to enhance the pace of development.
“The recent commissioning of the ‘Edo Technology Hub’ is reputably, the first state backed technology hub in the entire country. I can recall that his Excellency met with the NCC leadership in Abuja sometime this year to explore opportunities for improving access to telecommunications infrastructure and providing Edo citizens with world-class telecoms and ICT facilities,” he said.
Dare, who lauded Governor Obaseki’s efforts in information communication technology and telecommunications, said that the state now takes leading role in the sector.
He said choosing Edo State as the venue for the parliament is a strong reaffirmation of the state pride of place in ICT deployment, adding that Edo State has articulated a framework to attract robust telecoms infrastructure to drive manufacturing, education and other socio-economic activities.
“NCC is already supporting the state with fiber connectivity and computer laboratory services to the College of Education in Benin City and the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) in Abudu,” he said.
The NCC Commissioner gave the expectations of the meeting as one that would encourage everyone to buy-in to promote the message that telecoms infrastructure is critical to the socio-economic progress of every state in Nigeria.
The theme of the South-South stakeholder parliament is “Optimising the benefits of telecom infrastructure in Nigeria.”