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Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, says active GSM subscribers in the country have increased from 184 million in December 2019 to 199.3 million in May 2020. Danbatta said this at the virtual launch/award ceremony of the COVID-19 Research Grant presented to three startups by the NCC on Tuesday in Abuja. He further explained that internet subscription in the same period increased from 126 million to 147.1 million, while broadband subscription also increased from 72 million to 80.2 million, achieving a 42.02 per cent penetration in the country. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, who presented a N9m COVID-19 research grants to the three promising startups, stressed that there was the need to adopt indigenous solutions to challenges in the country. Pantami also encouraged individuals to consume what the country produced and pay less attention to imported goods.[Punch]
A 27-man National Humanitarian Co-ordination Technical Working Group (NHCTWG) has been inaugurated to provide technical support to the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee (NHCC) constituted by President Muhammadu Buhari to oversee all humanitarian actions in the country. The Working Group which was inaugurated on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, by the Minister of Humanitarian Affair, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, is expected to enhance coordination and seamless delivery of humanitarian aid to affected communities in the country. At the inauguration, Umar Farouq charged the members to ensure the implementation of all NHCC recommendations related to the operationalization of the CiSEC framework and guidelines and to propose a national vision for humanitarian action. Hajiya Umar Farouq also emphasized the need to ensure that functional engagements between security and humanitarian actors remain consistent with the principles under the CiSEC framework and also promote advocacy on humanitarian access, protection and logistics issues as required.[Vanguard]
The Federal Government has concluded arrangements to expend N2.3trillion on electrification of rural communities, targeting five million homes under the Economic Sustainability Plan, ESP. Minister of State Power, Mr Goddy Jedy-Agba, who disclosed this in Abuja, while inaugurating the First 12 Kilo Watts Peak, KWP, Volus Solar for Health, VSFH, Mini-Grid with58 KWH Battery Bank at Karu Primary Health Centre initiated by Volus Energy Ltd, said the rural communities are more willing to pay electricity bills more than their urban counterparts. He said the Federal Government is giving more attention to rural electrification in the country because of the need to empower those who live in villages and ensure that their small-scale businesses thrive.[Vanguard]
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