By Angeleen Nkwocha
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta has said that over 45 million Nigerians have access to high speed internet as a result of the facilitation of broadband penetration which is currently at 22 percent.
The NCC boss added that efforts are underway to meet the 30 percent target of the National Broadband Plan by the end of this year.
Danbatta stated this in Kano over last weekend, where he was honoured with a Technology Development and Leadership award at the Kano Heroes award aimed at honouring illustrious sons of Kano both past and alive who have demonstrated dedication, commitment, integrity and selfless service to the development of Kano State and the nation at large.
Danbatta said his administrationa��s road map is still on course to ensure consumers satisfaction.
a�?We are busy as you are aware implementing eight items of this agenda for facilitating broadband penetration we are at 22 percent which means close to 45million Nigerians have access to high speed internet. We have the target of 30% to reach by the end of this year according to the National Broadband plan. On protecting and empowering the consumer we have dedicated the year 2017 as the year of the telecom consumer and through that campaign we have sensitized consumers on how they can protect themselves from unsolicited text messages by texting STOP to the code 2442.
a�?We have equally through this campaign of protecting and empowering the consumer enlightened them about the existence of the Toll free number 622 through which they can lay complaints about the quality of service they are receivinga�?.
While appreciating the award he said it will spur him to work harder, and encourage the youths live up to responsibilities assigned them.
Amongst the passed illustrious sons honoured were: late Head of State, Murtala Ramat Muhammad, late Emir of Kano Ado Bayero; late Maitama Sule; late Abubakar Rimi; late Malam Aminu Kano.