The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said there were 210 million active mobile users in Nigeria as of August, with a tele density of 109.99 percent.
Prof. Umar Dambatta, Executive Chairman of the NCC, revealed this on Monday at the NCC Day at the 43rd Kano International Trade Fair.
Dambatta, represented by the commission’s Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs, Mr Banji Ojo, stated that the country’s Internet customers had surpassed 152.2 million, with a broadband penetration of 44.56 percent.
According to him, “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is not the only fastest growing industry but it is also an important enabler of innovation and development. “
The telecommunication sector is a strategic driver of the digital economy especially in the activities of small and medium enterprises across Nigeria and beyond.”
He said that the commission had embarked on digital literacy training for entrepreneurs across the six-geopolitical zones of the country.
He stated that the goal was to provide small-scale business owners with the necessary skills and to generate ideas for the creation of exportable products and services.
In his remarks, Alhaji Ahmed Aminu, Interim Chairman of the Kano Chamber of Commerce, Business, Mines and Agriculture (KACCIMA), praised the NCC for boosting the telecommunications industry.
According to Aminu, the 43rd Kano Trade Fair was organized to promote trade and industry as well as to display the talents and goods of SMEs in order to stimulate the economy.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 10 participants won brand new android mobile phones during a raffle draw organised by the commission at the event. (NAN)