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Danbatta: NTICE promotes indigenous innovation – ITREALMS

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The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta has declared that the Nigerian Telecommunications Indigenous Content Expo (NTICE) promotes indigenous innovation, reports 
Danbatta: NTICE promotes indigenous innovation – ITREALMS
Danbatta in his welcome address at the weekend during the NIICE 2023 held at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, recognised NTICE, as one of the achievements of NCC through Nigeria Office for Development of Indigenous Telecoms Sector (NODITS) because it has served not only to promote Pillar number 5 which is the ‘Strategic Partnering’ of the Strategic Management Plan (SMP 2020-2024) of the Commission but has also become the flagship indigenous content event for the industry.

The Commission, he said, has also incentivized the manufacturing of Corrugated Optical Duct (COD) that will be used to protect our fibre infrastructure from the incessant cuts experienced by our service providers.

In addition, NCC, he said, equally committed to continuously supporting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Innovators to promote our talented young persons and ventures though Angel Investments, R&D support, exposure to Investors and sponsorship to local and international tech events.

According to Danbatta, another key achievement of NCC policies is the ban on importation of whole-body SIM cards which was announced at the maiden NTICE event last year.

This ban, he said, has not only eased the burden on demand for foreign exchange but has also created business in excess of N55bn for the local SIM card manufacturers in Nigeria which in turn has created direct and indirect jobs.

“Nigeria with its rich history of innovation, resilience, and creativity as well as our diverse culture, talents, and perspectives has birthed solutions that uniquely cater for our challenges and aspirations,” EVC said.

Stressing that NTICE platform is a celebration of these achievements, a testament to the Nigerian spirit of ingenuity.

“NTICE is also a place to nurture and support the burgeoning talent pool within Nigeria. By showcasing indigenous innovations and providing opportunities for young entrepreneurs, we are not only nurturing our local talents but also encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship and creativity that will propel Nigeria onto the global stage of technological leadership,” he said.

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