Buhari Demands Comprehensive Report On Sale Of NITEL

… Charges Ministry To Develop Revenue-Generation Potential Of IT Sector
President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja asked for a comprehensive report on the sale of the Nigerian Telecommunications Company (NITEL), saying he was concerned by the continuing protests of former NITEL employees and other Nigerians over the manner in which assets of the company were sold.

He also directed the Ministry of Communications Technology to work harder to fully develop the revenue-generation potential of Nigeria’s information technology sector.

Speaking after receiving a briefing from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Tunji Olaopa, President Buhari directed the Ministry to bring forward for his consideration and approval, all pending proposals for the development of the country’s IT sector which require the approval of the Federal Executive Council.

“Where you don't need Exco approval and you are not in breach of the law and will not lose money, you can go ahead. Now that oil costs less and we are contending with its theft, we have to move to areas where we can realise revenue quickly,” the President said.

President Buhari welcomed the plan by the Ministry to use post-offices across the country for IT and financial transactions especially in the rural communities, saying he was happy to hear that “we are recovering the post offices from rats and rodents.”

The Ministry's presentation to the President focused heavily on the potential of the IT sector which, Olaopa said, contributes 10 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP, but could grow to 20 percent if some proposals by the Ministry are approved and implemented.

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