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The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, says the country needs more than 120,000 kilometres of metropolitan fibre networks interconnected across the country to achieve its goal of pervasive broadband penetration.

Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday.

Mr. Danbatta said this when he received a delegation from the Nigeria Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council led by Edirin Akemu.

According to him, only 38,000 kilometres have been covered so far.

He, therefore, called on the federal government to ensure that all the 36 state governments of the federation adhere to the resolution of the National Economic Council on the Right of Way charges.

The charges according to him stipulates N145 per meter for laying fibre network in every part of the country.

“The Right of Way issue is something that refuses to go away despite the existence of a document guiding what should be charged. Presently, nobody is complying with the provision of that document.

“We cannot compel the state governments to charge N145 per meter for fibre.

“The federal government can, however, meet with the governors and extract a commitment from them to ensure that NEC’s provision is strictly adhered to,” he said.

The NCC boss also called for more Information and Communications Technology (ICT) capacity building in the country in order to fully take advantage of the digital transformation that taking place globally.

He said that while Nigeria strives to build the needed ICT infrastructure, the efforts would be in vain “if there is no critical mass of ICT adoption and use to drive the digital revolution”.

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