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Nigerian tech regulators join forces to grow ICT

Nigerian tech regulators join forces to grow ICT
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Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) and National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) say they are now working together grow information and communication technology (ICT) in the country.

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications, the two Nigerian regulatory agencies say are setting up a team responsible for “designing a framework for collaboration in optimising development efforts for the telecoms and ICT sector in the country”, they said in a joint statement sent to Technology Times.

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications, the two Nigerian regulatory agencies say are setting up a team responsible for "designing a framework for collaboration in optimising development efforts for the telecoms and ICT sector in the country", they said in a joint statement sent to Technology Times.
Under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications, the two Nigerian regulatory agencies say are setting up a team responsible for “designing a framework for collaboration in optimising development efforts for the telecoms and ICT sector in the country”, they said in a joint statement sent to Technology Times.

[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]The agreement to collaborate is consistent with the mandates of the two entities to ensure pervasive penetration of ICTs, Danbatta says with a caveat thus: “But we have to be mindful of the fact that, the more you introduce services, the more your burden the infrastructure on ground. I hope that you (committee) will take cognisance of what you need to do to address the existing capacity of infrastructure.”[/quote]According to NCC,  the idea was conceived when Dr. Vincent Olatunji, acting Director General at NITDA paid Professor Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, a courtesy visit at the Abuja-based headquarters of the telecoms industry regulator over the weekend.

During their interactions, both agencies  agreed that a new era of inter-agency collaboration, especially within the sister ICT agencies, would bring about desirable results, in line with global best practices.

According to the NCC, the Joint committee, chaired by Dr. Agu Collins Agu, a director at NITDA, is expected to provide detailed areas of collaboration and terms of reference, which will be initialed by the two organisations “in due course.”

Danbatta says the initiative will prove to the world that “sister agencies in our clime can work together in the interest of the nation” and charged the committee members to work persistently to ensure that the objective of the collaboration is realised.

NATCOM must pay, Professor Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman at NCC, insists
Professor Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC

“We must concentrate on those things that we know that with the right investments and involvement of our human capital resources, we would realise things that we can show the world about the giant strides that are being made in this country, especially in the area of Information and Communications Technology”, the NCC chief says.

The agreement to collaborate is consistent with the mandates of the two entities to ensure pervasive penetration of ICTs, Danbatta says with a caveat thus: “But we have to be mindful of the fact that, the more you introduce services, the more your burden the infrastructure on ground. I hope that you (committee) will take cognisance of what you need to do to address the existing capacity of infrastructure.”

According to him, “what we are looking at is the progress we are steadily making by the day to ensure we reach the destination of what we call a networked society, a society that is e-driven, a society that is ICT driven, as well as a society that will be relying on the power and leveraging on ICT to conduct all kinds of businesses”, he says.

On his part, Dr Olatunji, NITDA’s acting DG says that there should be no rivalry in ways that the two organisations operate these days because it is all about common vision and common goals which are tied together for the future of our nation.

Dr Vincent Olatunji Ag. Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) speaks at ISPON dinner
Dr Vincent Olatunji Ag. Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)

“The Information Technology sub-sector, and the telecom sector, already work together now in their operations. If those of us at the helm of affairs that are driving the industry do not work together, we will not go far,” he says.

According to the NITDA chief, the disposition of the EVC of NCC in arriving at setting up the committee has demonstrated the quality of leadership he has brought to bear in the sector.

During the visit, Olatunji also listed a number of major events being hosted by NITDA in Nigeria, and in Dubai to which the NCC has accepted to support NITDA and also participate fully with the development agency in line with the new direction on collaboration.

 

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