Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has directed the setting up of a joint committee of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) and the FCT Administration to tackle issues surrounding the 5G broadband deployment in the Territory.
The Minister, who spoke when he received a delegation of the NCC, led by its Chairman, Professor Adeolu Akande in his office, said that all pending issues concerning the deployment of telecommunication facilities within the Territory, including the payment of appropriate charges by telecommunication companies should be resolved with the collaboration of all parties.
He said that the joint team should be made up of the Executive Commissioner (Technical Services) of NCC, the Executive Secretary in the Federal Capital Development Authority, (FCDA) as well as the Chief of Staff to the Minister.
The team, he added, should be mandated to harmonise and resolve all outstanding issues.
According to Muhammad Musa Bello, it is expensive to provide infrastructure within the Capital City even as he assured that provision has been made for the easy deployment of telecommunication facilities, as part of its extensive road network.
The Minister acknowledged harmonious relationship existing between the NCC and the FCTA and expressed appreciation for the NCC’s educational support to schools in the capital city.
The Chairman, of the NCC’s Governing Board, Professor Adeolu Akande had disclosed plans by the NCC to deploy infrastructure to accommodate 5G broadband in the FCT.
He for a partnership with the FCTA to increase the number of possible technology deployment sites in the Territory.
This was even as the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta commended the Minister and the management of the FCTA for the infrastructural development.