By Stanley Iwuoha
The Federal government says it is partnering with World bank in the area of capacity building to close access gap.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, who stated this also stated that the partnership is aimed at strengthening Digital capacities in the sector, specifically in the area of broadband improvement and access.
The Minister, who spoke while addressing participants during a virtual interaction where he served as the Special Guest of Honour, expressed satisfaction that the partnership between the Ministry and the world financial body was yielding the desired results as the training on Innovative Business Models for Expanding Broadband and Closing Access Gaps, was already underway.
Dr Pantami also commended the World Bank for its role in facilitating capacity building in the sector, disclosing that the training which will subsequently include the public and private sectors, as well as the Academia and professional bodies, is an initiative of the Ministry and the World Bank aimed at strengthening Digital capacities in the sector, specifically in the area of broadband improvement and access.
On his part, Lead Facilitator of the programme and World Bank Global Broadband Specialist, Doyle Galleops expressed immense gratitude to the Minister for the partnership and the opportunity to facilitate the project.
Recall that the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy had, in December 2020 initiated the strategy in partnership with the world bank.
Nigeria’s broadband penetration is 45.43% as at November 2020 with a target of 70% by 2025, if the new broadband roadmap is fully implemented.