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NCC, WATRA’s improved collaboration will fast-track digitised, smart Africa ─Maida

L-R: Mr. Reuben Muoka, Director of Public Affairs at NCC; Engr. Aliyu Aboki, Executive Secretary of the WATRA; Mr. Cheikh Amadu Bamba, 1st Vice-Chairman of WATRA; Engr. Abraham Oshadami, Acting Executive Commissioner, Technical Services of NCC; and Mr. Michael Yaovi, 2nd Vice-Chairman of WATRA During the Recent Courtesy Visit to the Commission's Corporate Headquarters, in Abuja, FCT Photo: NCC

*The Nigerian Communications Commission posits through increased regional collaboration with the West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly, industry stakeholders will accelerate the actualisation of a digitalised and Smart Africa

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

In a bid to accelerate beneficial partnerships and collaborations for the adoption of digital technologies, connectivity and new technologies on the continent, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has restated that increased regional collaboration industry stakeholders like the West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA) will accelerate the actualisation of a digitalised and Smart Africa.

ConsumerConnect reports the country’s telecoms sector regulatory Commission stated this during the recent courtesy visit by the WATRA delegation to the NCC Corporate Headquarters, in Abuja, FCT.

On hand to receive the visiting delegation from the Assembly, led by Engr. Aliyu Aboki, Executive Secretary of the WATRA, at the Commission’s Head Office on behalf of Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of NCC, were Mr. Reuben Muoka, Director of Public Affairs at NCC and Engr. Abraham Oshadami, Acting Executive Commissioner, Technical Services of the Commission.

It is recalled that Dr. Maida, January 2024, had earlier received a delegation of WATRA on a courtesy visit in his office, in Abuja.

Engr. Aliyu Aboki, Executive Secretary of the WATRA, also had led the team to the Commission’s Headquarters earlier this year.

During our meeting with Dr. Maida, Engr. Aboki had also shared updates on telecommunications projects the body was undertaking, as well as a rundown of his stewardship in the past few years since he was elected as Executive Secretary of WATRA.

The EVC/CEO of NCC said of the Assembly during the visit that “I am impressed by the work that has been done by WATRA under Engr. Aboki. He is rest assured of unfettered support from the Commission.”

Maida added: “Nigeria, through the Nigerian Communications Commission, is a member of this body of telecommunication regulators, and we have been at the forefront of providing support to WATRA.”

WATRA was founded in 2002 as a consultative and collaborative body of Telecommunications Regulators in the West African sub-region with the objective of aiding and advancing the development of telecommunications in the sub region and ultimately in Africa.

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