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#NES26: Opeke calls for national agenda for deployment of digital infrastructure

Chief executive officer of Main One Cable, Funke Opeke, has called for a national agenda that will ease the deployment of digital infrastructures across the country.

The CEO of the Lagos-based communications services company, who spoke at the 26th edition of the Nigerian Economic Summit (#26) on Monday, said technology adoption has continued to grow in the Nigerian economy, but cautioned that the economy needs more of consumers than producers.

There have been issues in relation to the deployment of digital infrastructures, with many state governments failing to align with national digital objectives. Issues such as Right-of Way, funding and taxes have continued to cripple efforts made by the private sector in this area.

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“All we need is a National Agenda for the deployment of digital infrastructures to all sectors of the economy,” she said.

Opeke stressed the need to define and monitor results, saying that action plans without clearly monitored indicators are not enough.

She also noted that Nigerian policymakers think on a short-term basis, rather than long-term, stressing that long-term focus has become critical to build a strong economy through sustainable policies.

She further said that more needs to be done to allow businesses to be great and make more contributions to our economy.

“What it takes to achieve results are not brought into focus, so the initiatives do not go far enough,” she said.

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