Prof. Isa Ali Pantami, Honourable Minister for Communications and Digital Economy (far right), Unveiling NCC's Strategic Vision (Implementation) Plan (SVP) 2021-2025 and Two Other Projects, in Abuja, FCT projects

NCC unveils 5-year strategic plan, Umar Danbatta’s book, Global Connect Podcast

*The Management of the Nigerian Communications Commission will continue to do our best in activating the Commission’s mandate, especially in facilitating Broadband deployment that is central to diversifying the Nigerian economy and for national development: Prof. Umar Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NCC

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

As part of the Commission’s efforts at boosting the telecommunications sectors of the country’s economy, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has launched three new projects, including a Strategic Vision (Implementation) Plan (SVP) 2021-2025 and two other projects as essential policy initiatives in Abuja, FCT.

ConsumerConnect reports the two other projects the telecoms regulatory Commission launched Tuesday, September 7, 2021, are a Compendium of Prof. Umar Umar Danbatta, FNSE, FAEng, FRAES, FNIEEE, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Commission’s Speeches and presentations as well as a podcast titled, “NCC Global Connect”.

Prof. Isa Ali Pantami, Honourable Minister for Communications and Digital Economy, who performed the official presentation of the on behave of President Muhammadu Buhari, assured the private sector of the country of government’s support.

The Minister stated that the commendation which he received from President Buhari for his performance in making the telecoms sector a major earner for the Nigerian economy should go to all industry players.

According to Prof. Pantami, he is passionate about the success of the private sector, as he stressed that all laws in the sector must be supported for the growth of the sector.

The Minister, in his address on the occasion, also urged the NCC to not compromise the implementation of the strategic-vision plan of the Commission.

The NCC Strategic Plan 2020-2025 is in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria and the Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020–2025 both unveiled by President Buhari, said he.

Significance of NCC’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025

Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi, Nigerian Senate Majority Leader, as well described the occasion of the unveiling as ‘very important’, as it shows visible effort of the Executive arm via institutions like the NCC in pursuit of futuristic approach to governance in the country.

Prof. Umar Umar Danbatta, FNSE, FAEng, FRAES, FNIEEE, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of NCC, presenting his speech on the occasion

The Federal lawmaker said: “That is where value is. Modern economies are moving to digital and we must have implementable visions like what NCC has envisaged in its Strategic Plan 2020-2025.”

In his remarks at the event, Hon. Hakeem Adeyemi, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Communications, said “there is no doubt that the telecommunications sector has been the major contributor to the nation’s GDP in the last few years of which the handlers of the sector and the entire stakeholders must be commended.”

Adeyemi, who extolled the achievements of the Commission, however, stressed that efforts should be focused on continuous Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) registration and audit in order to enhance security and curb the incidence of kidnapping, banditry and armed robbery currently disturbing the socio-economic life of Nigerians.

Prof. Adeolu Akande, Chairman, Board of Commissioners of the Nigerian Communications Commission, on the occasion in Abuja, also stated that the members’ presence at the event was a clear indication that Prof. Danbatta has been in good relationship with the Board of the telecoms regulatory Commission in the country.

The NCC Board Chairman disclosed that the Management, led by the EVC/CEO, Danbatta has been on top of their game with innovative regulatory efforts towards deepening the digital economy agenda.

Akande further said: “It is our hope that today’s launch of the three policy initiatives will provide the needed impetus for the various policy directions of the Federal Government, through our Ministry, all aimed at making Nigeria one of the key players in the global digital economy”.

Prof. Muhammad Abubakar, Managing Director of Galaxy Backbone Limited, speaking on behalf of other Heads of agencies under the Federal Ministery of Communications and Digital Economy, commended the NCC EVC/CEO on the “giant effort and dynamic speeches that formed this collection.

“The contributions from his speech are laudable and are always thought-provoking.”

What Danbatta said in address at unveiling of NCC’s projects 

Prof. Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of NCC, in his speech at the launch, disclosed that since his assumption of office, the Commission has focused on strategic objectives that are in tune with the policy objectives of the Federal Government, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Danbatta stated: “Our strategic objectives, the result of a careful assessment of some existing policy frameworks, offered us the opportunity to chart a course of action for the sector in a Strategic Vision (Implementation) Plan (SVP) 2015-2020.”

In developing the NCC Strategic Plan 2020-2025, the EVC/CEO said, the Commission had leveraged various policy documents, which included Nigeria’s National Broadband Plan (2013-2018) that had set a target of five-fold increase in broadband penetration, from 6% in 2013 to 30% penetration by the end of 2018.

He noted: “We also took cognizance of the Commission’s Strategic Management Plan (SMP) 2014-2018, which defined clear strategic results in terms of themes such as facilitating market development, regulatory excellence, ICT penetration, and Strategic Partnering”

Danbatta  further explained: “We have taken cognizance of the several notable advancements in the Nigerian telecommunications industry within the last five (5) years, as well as the current global realities such as International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Strategic Plan (2020—2023), the Commission’s Strategic Management Plan (SMP) 2020-2024, the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030 for a digital Nigeria, the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP) 2020-2025 and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the Federal Government.

Cross-sections of the participants in the event in Abuja

“Thus, the new plan has been guided by and aligned to the NNBP (2020-2025), the NDEPS (2020-2030), the SMP (2020-2024), the ITU Strategic Plan and the ERGP of the Federal Government.”

According to him, the fresh SVP 2021-2025 has five items namely:

Operational Efficiency and Regulatory Excellence; Facilitating the Provision of Infrastructure for a Digital Economy which fosters National Development; Promoting Fair Competition, Inclusive Growth, increased investment and Innovative Services; Improve Quality of Service (QoS) for Enhanced Consumer Quality of Experience (QoE); and Facilitating Strategic Collaboration and Partnership

Unveiling the Compendium of EVC/CEO’s Speeches, Presentations

As regards the Compendium of Prof. Danbatta’s Speeches and Presentations, the EVC/CEO of NCC stated that the book, entitled: Catalysing Nigeria’s Socio-Economic Transformation Through Broadband Infrastructure, is sure to give readers the historical background and authoritative context to the growth that is currently being enjoyed by the industry in Nigeria.

He stated that the Management of the Commission would continue to do our best in the discharge of the NCC mandate, especially in facilitating Broadband deployment.

Broadband deployment, he noted, is central to diversifying the Nigerian economy and for national development in line with the National Digital Economy agenda.

“Certainly, broadband infrastructure has become the most critical development infrastructure in a modern economy.

“It is our belief that the communications industry, under the leadership of our current Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, will experience more quantum leaps and retain its current leadership role in delivering the much needed development for the people of Nigeria.”

The Book, Catalysing Nigeria’s Socio-Economic Transformation through Broadband Infrastructure

Catalysing Nigeria’s Socio-Economic Transformation through Broadband Infrastructure book is a compilation of carefully-selected, seminar speeches and presentations of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, featuring all strategic areas of the Nigerian telecoms industry development, and the entire digital economy ecosystem, since his assumption of office as the EVC/CEO of NCC August 2015.

Prof. Chidi Emmanuel Akujor, Book reviewer, said that the 531-page compendium with eight sections contains Danbatta’s landmark speeches and presentations from 2015 till date and codified in a concise collection.

He stated as a compendium, the book offers treasured information that will significantly add value to the existing body of knowledge in the telecoms sector, and by extension, the entire Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry.

Akujor noted that Danbatta, a Professor of Telecommunications Engineering, accomplished academic and seasoned administrator, has made extensive speeches and presentations on a wide-range of subjects in telecoms and ICT at important national, regional and international events since leaving the ivory tower to become the EVC/CEO of NCC in 2015.

The book reviewer assured readers that the volume would serve as a useful reference material not only for existing and prospective investors in the sector but also for researchers in the academia as well as policy analysts, particularly those interested in any aspects of the telecom industry and regulation.

Akujor recommended the book for school libraries, embassies, government offices, libraries, and stakeholders in the sector as well as general public.

At the historic well-attended event also are Senator Yakubu Oseni, Chairman, Senate Committee on ICT; Honourable Abubakar Lado Suleja, Chairman of House Committee on ICT; Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity; Representative of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), President of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ALTON) and ATCON, among others.

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