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NCC explains partnership with GOCOP - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given some insights into why it partnered the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) during its annual conference, saying they are always delighted, reports ITREALMS

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta made this disclosure at the third annual conference of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers on October 4, 2019 at Sheraton Hotels, Lagos.

“We at the NCC are always delighted to be part of the Annual Conference of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP). That is why we have joined you for today’s event,” he said.

Danbatta, who was represented by the Head, Online Media at NCC, Omoniy i Ibitan, said GOCOP, has, over the years, remained a segment of the Commission’s broad media stakeholders, who have continually supported in disseminating NCC activities - policies, programmes and decisions - to its various stakeholders.

“We are, indeed, grateful for the professional manner with which you cover our activities from time to time,” he said.

Also, he said that the theme of this event “Economy, Security and National Development: The Way Forward in Nigeria” is very apt and timely, as it speaks to the fundamental issues that underpin the nation’s development outlook.

He pointed out that as the country’s independent telecom regulatory authority, the Nigerian telecoms industry, in the past 18 years, has recorded tremendous growth. Today, the number of active telephone lines in the country is about 175 million, representing a teledensity of 91.65 per cent.

“Today, the number of Internet users is 122.6 million while broadband penetration currently stands at 35 percent. The cumulative investment profile in the sector is over $70 billion,” he said.

At 11.39 per cent contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), he said, the telecom subsector remains a major actor in the national economy.

“Indeed, as at the second quarter of 2019, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector’s contribution to the GDP was 13.88 per cent,” he declared.

Emphasising that today, the positive impacts of telecoms sector either voice or data resonate in other sectors of the economy and in all the aspects of our daily interactions.

Chuks Egbuna/Editor

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