-by our correspondent.
The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) has welcome the approval by federal Executive Council (FEC) of the Fifth Generation Network, commonly referred to as 5G technology while calling for strong support in leveraging Technology, to scale up inclusive Economic Growth, Business Opportunities and Development
In a statement, the Director General of NACCIMA, AYOOLA OLUKANNI, said the approval of the 5G Network by the FEC is a reflection of Government’s commitment to the growth and development of the Telecom Sector and Digital Economy in general. The organized private sector group, however, advised the Government to work closely with the private sector to achieve the desired objectives.
The statement read in part: “Certainly, the 5G network in which the Telecom Companies will also play a crucial role will expand business opportunities for young Tech Entrepreneurs. This is because they have demonstrated the capacity to leverage on technology to create innovative businesses and start-ups in the area of Fintech, Agrictech and Smart-Apps for farming Services, Creativity and Entertainment and other Sectors of the economy.”
“It is also worthy of note, that the 5G network will not only contribute to the growth of the Nigerian Economy but will help to boost Education, activities in the Health Sector as well as assist our security outfits to combat, crimes, banditry and kidnapping in different parts of the country.
NACCIMA is also delighted that the 5G policy which is a component part of the 2020-2025 National Broadband Plan is now coming on stream. The Association is therefore calling for full integration of the private sector in the implementation of that National Broadband Plan designed for expansion of the Digital Economy.”
The current NACCIMA Administration, led by its National President Ide Udeagbala, has priotised Information and Communication Technology and expressed readiness to work with all stakeholders towards harnessing the potential in the sector.
“ This to ensure that the new 5G policy and National Broadband Plan truly becomes a platform to scale up business opportunities; Especially for young people who see several opportunities in it and have decided to embrace Tech Entrepreneurship as a way out of unemployment. With the 5G policy Nigeria has truly taken a major step forward to significantly improve its Digital Infrastructure and the private sector must be given a key role to play to fully harness the potentials.” Olukanni noted.