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NCC And Its Drive For Digital Economy Transformation In Nigeria

 

The initiatives to accelerate deployment of digital infrastructure for the enhancement of Nigeria’s economic transformation remains one of the commitments of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

NCC as a regulatory agency over the years had not only committed itself to driving initiatives to increase deployment of digital infrastructure but also paid apt attention to ensuring a level-playing ground for operators to promote investment and the delivery of innovative services to individual consumers, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and big business owners by ensuring enhanced consumer quality of experience.

Speaking at a recently-concluded 43rd Kaduna International Trade Fair, organised by the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA),the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said the agency has been providing the digital impetus for transforming the businesses and sustaining socio-economic activities in Nigeria.

Danbatta, who was represented by a Senior Manager of the Commission, Attah Ogbadu, explained that due to the COVID-19-induced economic downturn and continued volatility, many countries were exploring policies to stimulate growth and create new jobs, adding that “Information Communications Technology (ICT) is one of the fastest-growing industries because it triggers the creation of millions of jobs and therefore an enabler of innovation and socio-economic development”.

He noted that while COVID-19 pandemic came with its attendant challenges, the Commission had continued to work assiduously with various stakeholders to see how more businesses can embrace digital platforms for delivering their services to the consumers.

Danbatta explained that aside accelerating digital infrastructure, NCC was also paying attention to ensuring a level-playing ground for operators to promote investment and the delivery of innovative services to individual consumers, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and big business owners by ensuring enhanced consumer quality of experience.

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“So, as a regulator, we also ensure we constantly inform you, the consumers, on how to be protected to prevent cases of online fraud and otherwise ensure you do not fall victims to cybercrimes while using the internet, legitimately”, Danbatta stated to underscore NCC’s commitment to consumer protection.

Meanwhile,the President of KADCCIMA, Suleiman Aliyu, who was represented by an official of the Chamber, Farouk Sulaiman, commended NCC for its regular and impactful attendance and participation at the trade fair.

He also placed on record NCC’s commitment to improving network coverage and consumer-centric initiatives, which are increasingly impacting job creation, the emergence of new services and industries, workforce transformation, and business innovation.

On the theme of the event, Aliyu said the theme was chosen to complement the efforts of the government in promoting economic growth. Aliyu asserted that the critical impact of the communications sector on the nation’s economic output is evident in its contribution to the Fross Domestic Product (GDP).

According to him, “the competitiveness of Nigeria would depend on our ability to leverage new technologies in light of the rapid growth of the number of active mobile subscriptions, internet subscribers, and broadband penetration, indices of telecom sector’s mark as one of the fastest-growing sectors in the country.”

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