The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has identified multiple taxation and the inability of some state governments to grant Right of Way to telecoms service providers as some of the challenges affecting the actualisation of the Smart Cities initiative and the Internet of Everything, IoE, in Nigeria.
The Commission made the disclosure at a Breakout Session on: Exploring Smart Cities Opportunities and Internet of Everything, at the Information and Communications Technology and Telecommunication EXPO, ICTEL, 2016 conference in Lagos recently.
Speaking at the event the Deputy Director Consumer Affairs Bureau of the NCC, Dr. Femi Atoyebi, who represented the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, said that the Smart Cities initiative and the Internet of Everything idea, would only be actualized when governments at various levels see telecom infrastructure as a critical national asset that must be protected.
Atoyebi added that the ICT infrastructure deployment would lead to the increase in broadband penetration, which can easily catapult the actualization of Smart Cities and Internet of Everything across Nigeria.
According to him, “It’s important to state that most of the time operators are hindered as a result of multiple taxation and Right of Way. For the Smart City and Internet of Things idea to fly, the government should see telecom infrastructure as critical national asset,” he said.
He added further that the Commission’s 8-Point Agenda summarizes the Commission’s strategy for the development of ICT in Nigeria through Availability, Accessibility and Affordability of services.
Highlight of the event’s Gala/award night was the honour received by the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta who was conferred with the Industry Personality of the Year Award. It was received on his behalf by the Deputy Director Consumer Affairs Bureau of the NCC, Dr. Femi Atoyebi.