L-R: Rt. Jon. Olusegun Gbeleyi, Board Chairman, Digital Bridge Institute; Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO of NCC; and Prof. Sahalu Junaidu, Chief Research Adviser to Minister for Communications and Digital Economy, During a Visit to Governor of Oyo State, in Ibadan, the State Capital Photo: NCC

Digital Economy: Stakeholders commend Nigerian Government on telecoms policies

*Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of  NCC, lauds Nigeria’s Minister for Communications and Digital Economy for his ‘impeccable supervisory role’, and the Federal Government as the ‘most revolutionary administration’ in utilisation of digital resources for growth of individuals, businesses, and the national economy

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

A cross-section of participants at the ongoing 10th Edition of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy, at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan (UI), in Oyo State, have commended the Federal Government for its commitment to providing leadership and guide for industry growth in the West African country.

The commendation followed the listing of about 20 policies by Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Honourable Minister for Communications and Digital Economy.

Her Honour, Olubamiwo Adeosun, Secretary to Oyo State Government (l) and Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Honourable Minister for Communications and Digital Economy, during the Minister’s visit to the Oyo State Governor’s Office, in Ibadan

ConsumerConnect reports the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) noted these policies, including the flagship National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030, and the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP) 2020-2025, are aimed at promoting different areas of the digital economy -all of which have started to yield concrete, positive results for the economy.

Communications and digital economy adjudged best-performing sector

Mr. Reuben Muoka, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, Thursday, December 8, 2022, stated Prof. Pantami said the recent assessments by the Foreign Development and Commonwealth Office (FDCO) and the KPMG Consulting, which adjudged the communications and digital economy sector as the best-performing sector in Nigeria, were based on eight key priority areas.

The telecoms sector regulatory Commission disclosed that one of the major areas was in revenue generation, in the sector had raised the government revenue profile by 594 percent.

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According to the Commission, among other dignitaries who applauded the Federal Government’s vision for the sector are Her Honour Olubamiwo Adeosun, Secretary to Oyo State Government, who represented His Excellency, Governor Oluseyi Makinde of Oyo State; and Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of NCC.

Pantami commends conference participants

Emphasising the centrality of digital innovation and entrepreneurship to a robust digital economy, Pantami applauded the participants for the quality of evaluation, recommendations, and criticisms that attended the memoranda presented at the Council.

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The Commission also stated that the Minister urged the media to give the best coverage to the communique to be issued after the meeting.

He further enjoined professionals in the media systems of communication to note specific recommendations and the corresponding role of each stakeholder in the implementation of each item in the communique.

“The Minister announced that 110 memoranda and recommendations were presented to the Council, out of which 67 were approved for Council implementation.

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“The remaining 43 recommendations are to be reconsidered in the next meeting of the Council,” NCC said.

Pantami thanked the Oyo State Government and His Imperial Majesty, Dr. Lekan Ishola Balogun, Alliwo Okumade II, Olubadan of Ibadan, for receiving him and his team on a courtesy visit they earlier paid to the Olubadan’s Palace and the Governor’s Office, where Adeosun had received the Minister on behalf of the Governor.

Danbatta hails Minister for ‘impeccable supervisory role’

Prof. Danbatta, in his goodwill message, lauded the Minister for his impeccable supervisory role as the leader of the sector.

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The NCC EVC/CEO also commended the Federal Government for being the most revolutionary administration in terms of commitment to the utilisation of digital resources for the growth of individuals, businesses and the national economy.

This feat, he stated, is being attained through design of policies to achieve concrete, measurable and remarkable deployment of cutting-edge technological applications in the country’s economy.

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On behalf of the Board and Management of NCC, Danbatta appreciated the participants for their attendance and active participation in the conference.

According to the NCC Chief, the participants’ active involvement attested to the importance they all attached to the promotion of digital economy and culture in Nigeria.

Amplifying the voice of the Minister, the EVC/CEO said the participants’ commitment to the government’s digital economy agenda had been well-demonstrated in the methodical review of the recommendations of the 9th Council meeting, objective identification of achievements, and the frank approach taken to chart the path towards future goals and expectations.

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Danbatta assured that “NCC remains committed to supporting all policies, strategies, plans and initiatives that promote the provision of modern, universal, efficient, reliable, affordable, and easily accessible communications services and give the widest range throughout Nigeria.”

3.5GHz Spectrum and deployment of 5G services

Danbatta also emphasised that it is in demonstration of the regulator’s commitment that the Commission undertook a timely release of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band for the deployment of 5G services to ensure that Nigerian citizens, businesses, public institutions and other stakeholders are enabled with requisite infrastructure to engage in the emergent digital economy and culture.

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