The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, has called for synergy between the public and private sectors with a view to attaining the goal of Smart Cities in Nigeria.
Danbatta made the call at the Smart Cities Summit in Abuja while chairing a session to discuss “Building Innovative Public Private Partnerships for Achieving Nigerian Smart Cities Vision”.
He averred that meeting the National Broadband plan objectives and building Smart Cities in Nigeria is dependent on high level synergy between public and private sectors.
“To ensure the deployment of required infrastructure towards meeting the National Broadband Plan objectives as well as building the foundation for smart cities in Nigeria, there is the need for partnerships and collaborations between the public and private sectors,” he pointed out.
The NCC boss said partnerships should aim at aligning the government’s objectives of driving pervasive broadband infrastructure for socio-economic development in the country and the objective of private sector for business opportunities.
He added that government’s role of providing clear policy and regulatory frameworks needs to be translated into concrete actions in terms of articulating a clear roadmap, implementation plan and coordination mechanism towards the attainment of relevant stakeholders’ objectives.
He called to mind the vital role of “Internet of Things” in the current evolution of the information and communications technology space, and harped on the need to pay attention to the expansion of ICT infrastructure, power supply, high Right of Way (RoW) charges, multiple taxation, availability of frequency spectrum, level of digital literacy, effective communication of the value and benefits of Smart Cities to key stakeholders, and developing business models that take Nigeria operating environment into consideration to achieve a ‘Smart Digital Nigeria’.