Nigeria has developed capacity to produce SIM cards and smartphones not only for the use of Nigerians alone but for the entire continent of Africa, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ali Isa Pantami, has disclosed.
This is expected to reduce importation of SIM cards and other items needed in telecommunications sector by 60-70 percent as these will be produced locally.
The Minister disclosed this Thursday at the national secretariat of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abuja, while giving account of his stewardship in the Ministry in the last two years.
Speaking at the event organized by a support group known as APC Professionals Forum, Pantami said Nigeria has capacity to produce a minimum of 200 million SIMS annually.
“We came up with a policy that we wantedNigeria to in the next two to three years, thata minimum of 60 to 70 percent of what we need in the telecommunications sector, that is going to be produced locally. We have started it.
“When this administration came on board, even SIM cards were imported to Nigeria but as it is today, the federal government has provided an enabling environment for the private sector and as it is today, we have the capacity 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 SIMS annually. We have provided an enabling environment for the private sector to start the production of smartphones. Today in Nigeria, we are producing smartphones.” Nigerian Pilot