Britain Committed To Nigeria’s Digital Economy Transition, Says British High Commissioner
TECH DIGEST – The British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Ben Llewellyn Jones, has assured the Nigerian government of Britain’s commitment to supporting the country’s broadband agenda and transition to digital economy. Mr. Jones spoke this Monday in Abuja while visiting the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.
He said he was visiting to explore avenues of expanding existing collaborations and forging new partnerships with the ministry even as he commended Pantami for his digital economy drive, especially in the areas of broadband penetration and capacity building.
“I am here today to discuss how we can encourage more progress in the Right of Way (RoW) agreement in order to enhance broadband penetration and also to explore more areas of partnership with the digital access programmes,” said the High Commissioner to his host.
Pantami while thanking the British government for the support disclosed that the agreements reached with the Nigeria Governors Forum to peg the Right of Way (RoW) charge at a maximum of 145 Naira per linear meter was already in full effect in almost all states of the federation.
He encouraged the Commission to expand the Digital Access Programme to include more states in the country and therefore, extend the programme to more beneficiaries.
Pantami also assured the High Commissioner of the support and intervention of his office towards resolving any challenges inimical to broadband penetration in the country.