The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, has announced that data price would drop by 60 per cent in 2025.
He said with what the ministry has put in place in terms of infrastructure, the feat could be achieved.
The minister disclosed this yesterday in Abuja during the official opening of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) training programme organised for ICT journalists with the theme: ‘Digital Skills in News Reportage For ICT Journalists’.
Pantami said high cost of right of way, provision of security for telecom infrastructure by telecoms provider are responsible for the high cost Nigerians pay for telecoms services, and now, the federal government has taken that burden off them.
“By 2025, Nigerians will pay 40 per cent of what data cost them now,” he stated.
He added: “In the ministry, we are working on restructuring all the departments because most of them are obsolete. We will have many critical departments that will focus on digital innovation, entrepreneurship, digital economy and more to make sure that we are on the right track for a digital Nigeria.”
The minister also noted that Digital Nigeria could not be achieved except with the training of individuals who play key roles in digitalisation.
In his words, “Digital Nigeria cannot be achieved without training people who will play a key role in ensuring that we achieve that digital Nigeria. Journalists have a role to play, most importantly our ICT journalists or multimedia journalists as the case may be.
“It is because of this reason that we feel on the top of our priority that you (journalists) are the first to start benefiting from this training before others,” he explained.