FG to rake in N500b from 5G spectrum – NCC
THE Nigeria Communication Commission has disclosed that the Federal Government will make over N500bn in 2023 fiscal year through the 5G spectrum.
This was made known by the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof.Umar Danbatta, yesterday, at an interactive meeting on 2023-2025 MTEF-FSP, organized by the Senate Committee on Finance.
According to Danbatta, the projected revenue would be realized from the auctioning of two 5G spectrums and the bidding process for auctioning of the spectrums in 2023.
He also disclosed that NCC had generated N257 billion in the first quarter of 2022, while N195bn was remitted to government coffers.
The NCC boss added that from April to August, N318bn was generated while N214 was remitted.
Danbatta aslo said the fund realized was occasioned by the auctioning of two 5G spectrums at the rates of N263m and N273m dollars.
He said, “ The NCC from 2017 to 2021 had also generated N799bn and remitted N423bn to the government.
He added, “The target was to hit 75 per cent penetration in 2025. Hopefully, we will achieve 50 per cent penetration by end of 2022.”
Danbatta advised Nigerians to make use of the 112 emergency national number to report issues of emergency such as fire outbreak, accidents, among others, and a toll free number, 622, to lodge complaints on issues relating to drop calls.
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Olamilekan Adeola, said the Senate would continue to encourage NCC to improve its revenue generation profile to the Federal Government.