By Patrick Aigbokhan
Barrister Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications, has finalised moves to re-constitute the National Broadband Committee in a bid to expidite action on the implementation of the National Broadband Plan 2013-2018.
The inauguration, which is billed to take place today in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, will have all members of the Committee present, who are expected to remain the same according to directives of the incumbent Minister.
Barrister Adebayo Shittu was said to have taken the decision to re-constitute the presidential committee on the national broadband strategy and roadmap with an intention to retool the mandates and ultimately speed up the National Broadband Plan 2013-2018.
The National Broadband Committee was inaugurated by former President Goodluck Jonathan through the then Ministry of Communications and Technology, headed by Mrs. Johnson Omobola on September 20, 2012.
The Committee’s mandate, which was co- chaired by the former Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ernest Ndukwe and the founder of Zenith Bank, Mr. Jim Ovia was to draw up a national broadband strategy and roadmap.
The committee later came up with the National Broadband Plan 2013-2018 with a target of achieving a 30 percent broadband penetration across Nigeria from the less than 10 per cent it was when the committee was inaugurated.