Nigeria has the capacity to produce sim cards for Africa and is already producing smart phones, says Pantami
The above statement was made by Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr. Isa Pantami at an interactive session organised by the All Progressives Congress, APC Professionals Forum at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
Mr. Pantami said that sim cards and other items needed in the telecommunications sector in Nigeria will no longer be imported but would be produced locally.
According to him, Nigeria has the capacity to produce a minimum of 200 million SIM cards annually.
“We came up with a policy that in the next two to three years, a minimum of 60 to 70 percent 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 to 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 smartphones.
“Today in Nigeria, we are producing smartphones,” the minister said.