The Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) has described an effective infrastructure sharing policy as the key to broadband penetration in Nigeria.
Demola Aladokomo, President of the NCS, said in addition to the policy, the Nigerian government also needs to improve the operating environment, which according to him is directly affecting communications services providers.
Specifically, he said the government should look for ways to reduce the cost of doing business in Nigeria, improve power supply, ensure security, promote better interactions between the public and private sectors and broker the involvement of various stakeholders in the enactment and development of strategies and policies that affect the sector.
Aladokomo said: “Government should provide leadership in stimulating innovation growth through the deliberate development and promotion of online and mobile services by government agencies.
“Creative IT infrastructure schemes for students in the educational sector that engender significant growth in local content development and enterprise should be developed. Student PC ownership scheme is a step in the right direction.”
He also advised stakeholders in the country’s ICT sector to focus more on promoting software development, youth innovation and entrepreneurship, local content development, ICT-enabled job creation and e-government in 2013.