=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === According to Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, Nigeria has the capacity to produce SIM cards and Smart phones for the African continent.
Pantami made this claim during an event organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) Professional Forum on Thursday, in Abuja, at the party’s national secretariat, a forum for government appointees to give account of their stewardship in office to Nigerians.
The minister, while making his remarks, assured that henceforth, SIM cards and other 60-70 per cent of items needed in the telecommunication sector would be produced locally, adding that Nigeria has the capacity to produce a minimum of 200 million SIM cards annually.
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“We came up with a policy that in the next two to three years, a minimum of 60 to 70 per cent of what we need in the telecommunications sector is going to be produced locally and we have started it.
“When this administration came on board, even SIM cards were imported into Nigeria.
“But, as it is today, the Federal Government has provided an enabling environment for the private sector to produce SIM cards, not only for our consumption, but for the entire African continent.
“We have the capacity to produce a minimum of 200 million SIM cards annually and have provided an enabling environment for the private sector to start the production of smart phones.
“Today in Nigeria, we are producing smart phones,” the minister said.