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British High Commission Seeks More Partnership In Nigeria’s Digital Economy Sector

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R-L: The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami presenting a copy of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy document to the British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Ben Llewellyn Jones and the when the envoy paid him a courtesy call in his office in Abuja.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has pledged the support and intervention of his office towards the resolution of any challenges inimical to broadband penetration in the country. 

He made this known when the British deputy high commissioner, Mr Ben Llewellyn Jones paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.

The minister’s spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman, said the envoy whose visit was to explore avenues of expanding existing collaborations and forging new partnerships with the ministry 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,” he said.

Pantami who expressed delight over the gesture, disclosed that the agreements reached with the Nigeria Governors Forum to peg the Right of Way (RoW) charge at a maximum of N145 per linear meter was already in full effect in almost all the states of the federation and encouraged the commission to expand the digital access programme to include more states in the country and extend it to more beneficiaries. 

It will be recalled that the minister had met with the Nigeria Governors Forum on January 16, 2020 and successfully pushed for a reduction in Right of Way charges.

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