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FG unveils roadmap to deliver 18,000km fibre optic, others

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, has revealed that part of the new drive to boost industrialization and anti-dumping mechanism will be to deliver    18,000 kilometres of fibre optic to improve broadband penetration and strategic power projects totalling 4.2GW of electricity.

Explaining the plan in an interview in Abuja on Wednesday, he said the Nigeria Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council (NIPCAC), had agreed to implement initiatives across five core areas and enablers over the next 12 months.

Part of the agreement include to set up five sub-committees with five focus areas identified as necessary to fulfil its objectives.

The focus areas are critical infrastructure, skills and capacity building, try and market access, policy and regulation, and financing.

According to him, the industrial council, which is chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, also agreed to work on other areas such as the recently approved Road Trust Scheme (RTS) to accelerate construction of national priority roads across the country; and implement an apprenticeship programme to bridge the gap between industry skills requirement and supply from educational institutions.