Nigeria in 2017 budget has made provision to extend telecommunications services to additional 40 million people.
The executive vice chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, said the commission had conducted a survey, which identified about 200 communities nationwide with telecommunication access gap.
Danbatta, who unveiled the plan in the latest edition of the commission’s publication, “The Communicator’’, said through the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) being managed by a department under NCC, 40 million people in these communities would be covered in 2017.
He said that access to telecommunication services had caused direct and indirect rise in employment generation across the sectors of the economy.
“As you are aware, the growth witnessed in the telecommunication sector in the last 15 years had been phenomenal by all standards.
“From less than half a million lines on the eve of our democratic revival , today active connected lines are about 150 million , which has come with a contributing increase in tele-density.
“Development in other sectors of the economy had been shaped positively and measurably by the potent realities in the telecommunications sectors.’’
He said Nigeria was looking forward to seeing greater development in the sector.
Known as the ‘Do not Disturb’ policy, the NCC urged all Nigerians to send the 2442 short code in order to determine the type of messages they want to receive from telecoms operators.