Following approval of the National Policy on 5G technology deployment in Nigeria by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, has urged the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to prepare for immediate and effective implementation of the policy.

Pantami, who gave the directive when the management of the NCC, led by its Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, paid him a courtesy visit in his office, noted that the approval of the 5G national policy was a product of extensive and wide consultation. “The next big task ahead of the Commission is to begin immediate implementation for digital transformation of the economy,” he said.

The Minister, who also commended the Commission on the launch of its Strategic Vision (Implementation) Plan (SVP) 2021-2025, added that the SVP would be a veritable vehicle to give the needed impetus to the implementation of the 5G plan.

He said: “The NCC needs to ensure total implementation of the SVP. We should try to have timelines and ensure to deliver on them. Developing the Vision Plan is commendable but ensuring diligent implementation is even more important. So, the EVC should commit to total implementation of the SVP.”

Earlier, Danbatta said the purpose of the visit was to “appreciate the Minister for his immense support and active role during the recent launch of three projects by the Commission; and to commend him for the important role he played in securing the final approval of the 5G national plan by the Federal Government.”

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