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​LCCI seeks ICT to boost productivity, efficiency

Managing Director/CEO, Avon Healthcare, Adesimbo Ukiri (left), Vice President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Adenike Sobajo; President, LCCI, Nike Akande, Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shitu, Director General, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, Gloria Elemo, at the official opening of LCCI ICTEL Expo 2017 in Lagos…yesterday PHOTO: SUNDAY AKINLOLU
The National Economic Council (NEC) has approved a policy to harmonise the right of way (RoW) charges payable by telecommunications companies. Public utility infrastructure on local, state and federal highways are also involved in the policy.
The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu disclosed this yesterday in Lagos, at the 2017 Information Communication Technology and Telecommunication Expo (ICTEL), organised by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).
The minister, who spoke on the theme “The Digital Economy: Strategies for Growth in a Connected World,” said the policy would reduce the burden on roads and reduce operators’ taxes.
Shittu said the harmonisation would also widen the scope of coverage for operators, especially in the hinterland.
According to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), there are over 200 communities in the country with about 40 million people, who have no access to telecommunication.
The LCCI President, Dr. Nike Akande, said there was no better time to harness the benefits of ICT than now, when the economy is in dire need of diversification.
Akande said ICT could drive strategic productivity and efficiency in all sectors of the economy.

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