FG generates over N1tr from telecom sector, says Isa Pantami
The federal government has stated that the telecommunications and digital economy sector will remain central to the nation’s future growth and prosperity.
This was stated at the weekend by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ibrahim Pantami.
The communications minister announced that the sector generated over N1 trillion to the government coffers between 2019 and 2021.
Pantami while addressing reporters at an event to mark the 2021 Digital Nigeria Day said the sector played a major role in moving Nigeria out of recession.
Pantami was represented at the virtual briefing by the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, Mr. Bitrus Bako Nabasu.
The minister said Nigeria had to join the world in celebrating the day due to the giant strides the nation had recorded in its digitalisation efforts.
He alluded to the ICT sector recording the highest growth rate in the fourth quarter of 2020 (14.70 per cent), as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), saying the telecommunications sub-sector grew at 15.90 per cent, the highest in the past decade.
Pantami said: “Additionally, the ministry and its corporations have generated over N1 trillion for the Federal Government in less than two years. This translates to an average of about N44 billion every month or over N1.4 billion every day.
“About N360 billion of this revenue was largely from Spectrum, allocated by the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC). Another, over N600 billion, was paid by ICT companies to the account of the Federal Government through the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
“In addition to those already established, we have over 455 other projects and programmes that are ongoing. All these are in full alignment with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for A Digital Nigeria.
“We have developed 16 national policies: 15 of them focus on specific pillars in the general National Digital Economy Policy for a Digital Nigeria.”
“We have significantly increased the number of National Identification Number (NIN) enrolments since the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) joined the Communications and Digital Economy family in September 2020.
“From the inception of the NIN enrolment process to September 2020, there were 42 million unique NIN enrolments. Through our supervision, this number rose to 61,092,044 NIN enrolments as at August 11, 2021.”
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