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Monday, August 08, 2016

NITDA, NCC team-up on resourceful ICT sector regulation

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has teamed-up with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on ensuring resourceful regulation of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector, reports ITRealms.

This was the reason behind the recent visit of NITDA management team led by its acting Director-General, Dr. Vincent Olatunji to NCC under the watch of the Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Garba Umar Danbatta, at the weekend.

Head, Corporate Affairs, NITDA, Mrs. Hadiza Umar, in a press statement made available to ITRealms quoted Dr. Olatunji as saying that the essence of such a visit is to explore areas of mutual collaboration between the two sister agencies under the Federal Ministry of Communications.

He also said that ICT is one of the few options government have to diversify the economy and to build capacity to improve productivity and service delivery for Nigeria so as to cope with the present economic reality and increase the ICT contribution to nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 50 per cent.

NITDA, he said, as the Information Technology (IT) regulator oversees the overall development of the ICT industry in Nigeria to ensure steady growth of the sector, and increase the integration of ICTs across all sectors and under-served communities in a manner that supports diversification of the economy while achieving growth, job and wealth creation.

Olatunji also said NITDA has identified the challenges of ICT and the need for multi stakeholder partnership to brainstorm and formulate policy to drive the ICT sector, the agency over the years have two platforms for bringing stakeholders together to brainstorms on thematic areas identified and highlighted in the communiqué for implementation so as to accelerate the growth of ICT including the annual eNigeria conference in Nigeria and the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) which takes place in Dubai, the United Arab Emirate (UAE).

Responding, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, expressed delight with the visit and commended the Acting DG of NITDA for his brilliant strides since his assumption of office in repositioning the ICT sector, stressing that NCC will be very much interested to play pivotal role in GITEX and e-Nigeria respectively.

Danbatta affirmed that NCC is ready and willing to collaborate with NITDA towards effective and efficient service delivery to the public in the area of job creation in ICT as economic cash cow of the country.

He further called on both parties to work closely toward a pervasive penetration of ICT while taking into consideration the existing ICT infrastructures to coincide with the mandates of the two agencies.

Doris Minimah/GEE
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Pix: NITDA DG, Olatunji and EVC of NCC Prof. Danbatta in a handshake.

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