Only pub­lic/pri­vate sec­tor syn­ergy can guar­an­tee Smart City – NCC

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Zakariyya Adaramola

The Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Chair­man of the Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion [NCC] Prof Umar Garba Dan­batta, has called for align­ment of syn­ergy be­tween the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors with a view to at­tain­ing the goal of smart cities in Nige­ria.

Dan­batta spoke yes­ter­day in Abuja while chair­ing a ses­sion to dis­cuss “Build­ing In­no­va­tive Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ships for Achiev­ing Nige­rian Smart Cities Vi­sion”, at a con­fer­ence, Smart Cities Nige­ria, or­ga­nized by the Fed­eral Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

“To en­sure the de­ploy­ment of re­quired in­fra­struc­ture to­wards meet­ing the Na­tional Broad­band Plan ob­jec­tives as well as build­ing the foun­da­tion for smart cities in Nige­ria, there is the need for part­ner­ships and col­lab­o­ra­tions be­tween the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors,” he pointed out.

Ac­cord­ing to the pro­fes­sor of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, how­ever, the part­ner­ships should aim at align­ing the govern­ment’s ob­jec­tives of driv­ing per­va­sive broad­band in­fra­struc­ture for so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try and the ob­jec­tive of pri­vate sec­tor op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“This align­ment of ob­jec­tives re­quires in­no­va­tive fund­ing and fi­nanc­ing mech­a­nism as well as in­cen­tives that will pro­vide the re­quired im­pe­tus for the pri­vate sec­tor to take lead in driv­ing the at­tain­ment of smart cities in Nige­ria,” he noted.

Speak­ing fur­ther, Dan­batta said, “In­ter­net of Things (IOT) is the next big thing in the evo­lu­tion of the in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy space,” stress­ing that IOT is a key as­pect of smart cities that Nige­ria aims to achieve. for busi­ness

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