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Fine: FG Rejects MTN’s Out Of Court Settlement

Posted: Jan 27, 2016 at 6:46 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

> By Chibuzor Emejor
> Abuja
> Minister of Communications, Abdurraheem Adebayo
> Shittu on Tuesday announced that Nigeria loses revenue worth
> over $287million yearly to software piracy.
> Shittu who disclosed this in Abuja at a media
> briefing to unveil the communications sector road map for
> 2016—2019, said the Federal Government would step up
> intellectual property protection and enforcement mechanisms
> to ensure the promotion of creativity in the Information and
> Communication Sector[ICT].
> He assured that
> ICT would be deployed to raise government’s revenue,
> reduce waste and block all leakages such as piracy and
> vandalisation of public infrastructure.
> Meanwhile, the minister  has rejected the out
> of court settlement move initiated by MTN Nigeria over the
> N1.04trillion fine imposed on the telecommunications service
> provider by the Nigerian Communications Commission[NCC].
> He said President Muhammed Buhari
> administration would take a decision soon, if the
> telecommunications provider fails to pay the fine.
> He denied that the Federal Government had
> accepted to settle the case out of court as stated recently
> by the MTN.
> While unveiling the roadmap for
> the ICT Sector[2016-2019],the minister said his ministry
> would concentrate on building ICT sector growth by improving
> infrastructure and quality of service, SMART government to
> deliver ICT and broadband penetration, and security as well
> as  raising revenue of government and reducing waste.
> Other major areas of focus within the stated
> time-frame, according to him, include policy of innovative
> continuity for private sector led continuous innovation and
> migration to a digitally-native Nigeria through capacity,
> job and wealth creation.
> According to him,
> “The philosophy of the new thinking is aptly captioned,
> “Continuing Innovation and Innovating Continuity: Creating
> a SMART Digital Nigeria.”
> “This
> conceptual double helix is what we sincerely believe to be
> the cultural DNA we need to embed to create a “SMART
> Digital Nigeria” to bring about the Change we seek.
> He also noted that the proposed roadmap if well
> implemented would create about two million jobs as well as
> reduce the cost of governance while making revenue
> generation easier.
> Shittu who identified
> challenges confronting the development of the ICT Sector
> such as inadequate ICT infrastructure, poor human capacity
> development, inadequate /disconnected legal and regulatory
> framework, poor implementation of the local content, assured
> that the present administration would tackle them
> headlong.
> He further pledged to implement
> the National Broadband Plan fully and encourage service
> providers to use renewable energy for powering Base
> Transceiver Stations to ensure improvement of quality of
> service.
> As part of measures to enhance
> broadband penetration in the country, he said his Ministry
> would work with its counterpart, Federal Ministry of
> Education to foster Digital literacy content in the National
> Education curriculum, encourage the delivery of education
> via the use of smart devices.
> He also said
> the Ministry would work with relevant government’s
> agencies such as TETFUND and UBEC to ensure provision of
> free broadband services in tertiary institutions.
> END.