Federal government yesterday assured that Nigerians would soon experience quantum improvement in the quality of telecommunications services across the country.
The minister of Communication, Dr. Abdul-Raheem Adebayo Shittu gave the assurance while delivering his keynote address at the opening of the 6th regular meeting of the National Council on Communication Technology (NCCT) holding in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Shittu explained that the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has finalised efforts towards having two extra satellites to support the present Nigeria Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT).
The minister also disclosed that federal government has commenced implementation of reports of the taskforce earlier set up to identify all issues mitigating against the provision of excellent telecommunications services in the country.
He also disclosed that the federal government has given approval for the development of 4G Long Term Evolution Technology.
Shittu also said that the federal government was committed to the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) as a means of diversifying the economy.
This, he explained, will help in the nation’s economic recovery and massive employment generation for the teeming youths.
The minister revealed that the country’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has increased from $32 billion in 2015 to $40 billion in 2018.
He however, commended the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun for using ICT as a veritable tool for development in the state.
Declaring the meeting open, Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, charged the ICT stakeholders to look vividly into how best they can control the misuse of the social media and turn it into a means of mass development.
The governor urged the council to come up with a control mechanism to checkmate and curb illegal usage of social media platforms.
This, he said, will help the nation, especially now that it is approaching the electioneering year.
“This is what I think you should begin to do especially those in the software, the handler of social media is the decider of what it could be used for and as much as it can be used as a weapon of mass development, sadly, it can be used as a weapon of mass destruction.
“When wrong information is carried through the social media, sometimes people will even be killed. So we should brainstorm and come up with checks and control that can be put in place so as to at least reduce if not totally eliminate this destabilisation that comes through the social media,” he said.