Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of NCC

2021 LMD: NCC urges Nigerians to improve reading culture, digitise knowledge resources

*The Nigerian Communications Commission celebrates the 2021 NCC Library/Museum Day, and calls on Nigerians to improve the reading culture, while urging private and public institutions to leverage Information and Communication Technology to digitise knowledge materials to make them more efficiently accessible to all stakeholders

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Stressing the significance of library resources electronic section (e-section) in enhancing access to more information databases in the modern world, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has advised Nigerians to imbibe reading culture in their daily activities for better knowledge and information.

ConsumerConnect reports Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman (EVC) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Commission, stated this Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at the commemoration of the 2021 NCC Library/Museum Day, in Abuja, FCT.

Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, in a statement said Prof. Danbatta explained that the library is a learning resource, which is assessed by its level of currency in its quality, quantity and variety of the stock of books and other learning materials.

L-R: Omoh Atesenokhai, National Secretary, Nigerian Library Association (NLA); Barr. Adewolu Adeleke, Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management, Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC); Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman(EVC), NCC; Engr. Alhassan Haru, Director, New Media and Information Security, NCC; Mr. Ephraim Nwokonneya, Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, NCC; Mr. Hafiz Shehu, Chief of Staff to the EVC, NCC; Isaac Ajibola, representative of the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) Library; and Mr. Ayanbanji Ojo, Head, Strategy and Corporate Performance Management, NCC, at the 2021 NCC Library/Museum Day, in Abuja, FCT   Photo: Techeconomy

The EVC/CEO of the Commission at the celebration of the 2021 Library Day with the theme, “Welcome to Your Library”, urged both private and public institutions in the country to leverage Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to digitise their hard copy knowledge materials to make them more efficiently accessible to their workforce and external stakeholders.

According to him, though ICT has helped in digitising a large number of hitherto hard-copy books available to people, efforts still must be made to access these materials as well as other hard-copy books to read.

Digitisation of library resources is central because the knowledge economy being driven by ICT requires reading and intellectual development for further advancement

Danbatta also emphasised that an important component of the library resources is the e-section that enables link up and access to more databases for information electronically.

According to him, the library is a learning resource. The stock of a library is normally assessed by its level of currency, what is the quality, quantity, variety of the stock. We must be able to embark on assessing the whole thing.

He noted that “an important component of the library resource is the e-section. The e-section is the section that allows you to link up and access more databases for information.

“When we assess the library, we pay careful attention to the ability of users to access more databases electronically.

“What is crucial is for you to be able to sight a reference that is credible. The library is a component of the entire learning process.”

Danbatta as well urged the NCC to continue exploring ways to maximise the library resource in meeting its mandate and expanding the frontiers of knowledge and information in Nigeria.

2021 Book Day Theme  Photo: UNESCO

“I believe the outcome of today’s event will help change our reading culture, if you don’t have a reading culture, please try and acquire one, it is very important to read. It will motivate us to have a critical look of innovations.

“As a regulator of a dynamic telecommunications industry, the Commission gives pride of place to library resources to ensure that it is abreast of current information, regulatory trends and international best practice in carrying out its mandate.”

Likewise in his presentation on the Museum Day with the theme: “The Future of Museum, Recover and Re-Emerging”, Danbatta explained that the subject captured the purpose of the Commission’s special Museum dedicated to the telecommunications industry in the country.

He stated that it is important to collect, exhibit and conserve telecommunications items to enlighten and educate stakeholders.

The NCC Chief stated: “Museums generally play important roles in the society by observing the past and appreciate the future through providing insight into the history of a people and educating a future of generations.

Likewise, Mr. Abba Isa-Tijani, Director-General of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) in Nigeria, affirmed that museums play a crucial role in preserving local culture with careful documentation and artifacts preservation of institutions and sectors.

The NCMM Director-General, represented on the occasion of the 2021 NCC Library/Museum Day in Abuja by Mrs. Kilba Zainab-Uche, Assistant Director Museums, maintained that that the Museum sector must move with new trends of technology development, adding that the traditional role and aspect of museums cannot be undermined.

Isa-Tijani said: “The NCC has a museum where significant and historical telecommunications objects are exhibited this is historic.

“So, the new role of museums in the digital era is till emerging. The Museum has not yet gone completely digital because there is the need to converge both the new and traditional.

“If the traditional role is completely phased out, it will create a problem because from time to time you will have to go back to your past in order to know where you are in the present and to forge ahead.”

The NCMM helmsman commended the telecoms regulator in the country on setting the standards for other institutions, and pledged to support the Commission whenever the need arises.

Safiya Jiji, Deputy Director of Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB) at the NCC, also made a presentation on telecom consumer expectations and the role of the Commission as the regulatory authority for telecommunications in the country.

Other highlights of the occasion are the goodwill messages from the President, Nigerian Library Association (NLA), Prof. Innocent Isa Ekoja, represented by the NLA’s National Secretary, Omoh Atesenokhai, and Isaac Olubisi Ajibola, a representative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Stakeholders at the event also were conducted round the telecom museum and library where old scientific, artistic and cultural objects and telecommunication artifacts at the museum in the order of their historical evolution and use in Nigeria, from postal to telegraphy, to analogue, and then the modern digital telephony.

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