Can you imagine your life without the internet? You probably can’t.

But for over 40 million Nigerians across 200 communities in the country, access to internet is still a dream.

According to the man at the helm of affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC Prof Umar Danbatta, the regulatory agency is working hard on an intervention that would bridge the gap in the communities at the fastest time possible.

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Danbatta spoke in Abuja on Monday at the annual International Telecommunications Union regional capacity building workshop hosted by the Digital Bridge Institute.

He said: “Access is very important. Talking about access, I don’t know the experience in other parts of the world especially the Africa continent but here in Nigeria, we have 200 access gaps and we know where these gaps are.

“These access gaps deprive close to 40 million people access to the Internet. We need to look at what we can do to fast-track blocking these access gaps because unless and until we do so, many of our citizens will continue to live without access to the Internet, especially the right kind of Internet connectivity.”

He added: “We are trying to make sure we are not left out in benefiting from the various important features of the fourth industrial revolution. While we are doing this, we are taking cognisance of the elements of digital transformation system because we must start somewhere.”

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