Maikanti Bairu, Group Managing Director at the NNPC, made the statement whilst receiving Minister of Communication Adebayo Shittu at the NNPC Towers in Abuja, on Tuesday.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced that it would support the nation’s plans to extend its telecommunication bandwidth across the country via the commercialization of its ICT infrastructure.
Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director at the NNPC, made the statement whilst receiving Minister of Communication Adebayo Shittu at the NNPC Towers in Abuja, on Tuesday.
Baru, via a statement from Ndu Ughamadu, GMD of Public Affairs at the NNPC, said the NNPC has as much as 960 kilometers of fiber optic cable laid between Lagos, Benin, Warri, and to Kaduna on the NNPC pipeline Right of Way (ROW), 52 remote VSAT stations nationwide and two network stations which connects all NNPC depots and pump stations.
“Our look-ahead plan is to commercialise our fibre optics cable network utilising NNPC pipeline Right of Way that cuts across the entire country. Some of the benefits of this initiative include the opportunity to provide backbone carriage to meet the national 2020 plan for broadband penetration in the country,” Baru said, according to a ThisDayLive report.
In typical Nigerian-government-official fashion, Baru also applauded Shittu for “ensuring the pursuit of the national strategy and roadmap, which he added intend to increase broadband penetration from six to 30 per cent by 2020,” as ThisDaylive reports.
The base idea behind what the NNPC and the Ministry of Communications is trying to achieve is to use the NNPC’s Right of Way vis-a-vis its pipelines (which run across the country) to run cables across the country that would ultimately lead to better broadband penetration and access to the Internet. In theory at least.
The idea does seem to have a lot of promise, but this is Nigeria and we have all learnt to not hold our breath.