31m Nigerians Lack Access To Telecoms Services - NCC

About 31 million Nigerians that are living in rural areas across the country are struggling to enjoy telecommunication services due to a lack of access and infrastructure, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, however, revealed that efforts were being made to bridge the gap with international standards that have been set by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

He explained that before his appointment, the gap had been 38 million Nigerians covering clusters of 217 areas, but said that now the clusters had been reduced to 114.

Prof Danbatta was speaking at the Headquarters of the NCC in Abuja to Members of the Senate Committee on Communications led by the Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

He said that the NCC needs funds on a yearly basis to take care of such areas and called on the Senators to fast-track the process of passing the Critical National Infrastructure Bill to address the challenges and gaps within the industry.

Professor Danbatta noted that the challenges within the sector ranged from vandalism of equipment and facilities, erratic power supply to base stations, cutting of cables, multiple taxations and also the issue of Right of Way.

Senator Tinubu, in response, promised that the issues raised during the meeting would be addressed by the Committee for further presentation to the appropriate authorities.

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