stakeholders in Nigeria’s ICT industries and other stakeholders have been urged to seek more and better public/ private partnership (PPP) approaches as part of effort
to make telecom infrastructures safer, resilient, robust and attract more investment into the sector.
Delivering a Keynote address at the 2021 Virtual Conference and Exhibition on Information Communication Technology and Telecommunications (ICTEL) organized by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) recently, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta extensively reflected on the Joint Declaration in Geneva signed by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization(UNIDO) and the International Communication Union (ITU) on the advancement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in particular industrialization, infrastructure development and innovation.
He said the two agencies have resolved to contribute to global, regional and national efforts towards achieving SDGs, particularly through action plans that are designed to attract public and private partnerships and investment.
Meanwhile, the collaboration between ITU and UNIDO thus represents a very important commitment from global organizations to deliver measurable and sustainable solutions within countries towards achieving the SDGs, with a focus on infrastructure, industry and innovation through a PPP arrangement.
Speaking further, Prof Danbatta emphasized the role of public and private partnership in infrastructure development in Nigeria because an adequate, robust and functioning infrastructure is the bedrock of communal and societal development.
The NCC boss noted that to meet future challenges, our industries and infrastructure must be upgraded by involving an enduring PPP model that services all the sectors of the economy.