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Nigerian Academy of Engineering lauds NCC’s role in driving innovation



The Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE) has singled out the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for praise due to its leading regulatory role that enables innovations across other sectors.

The Academy suggests that this has become possible due to progressive minds at the Commission led by the Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umar Danbatta.

President of the Academy, Engineer (Mrs) Joanna Olu Maduka, told at a dinner organised by the Academy on Tuesday as part of the Annual General Meeting and prelude to induction of new Fellows, including Professor Danbatta, that NCC aligns with the 21st Century thinking that supports research and development for unleashing innovations in different sectors of the economy.

Engr. Maduka described NCC as an engineering organisation.

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“We have had a very cordial relationship with the management, especially Professor Umar Danbatta.

“He supported us in several ways. And tomorrow (today) we are giving him a Fellow of this Academy which from his reaction and the way he is relating to us, he is very happy to receive”.

Earlier, Prof. Danbatta in an interview with ICT Journalists, said they support collaboration between the academia and the industry.

“We are talking about a collaboration that will see disruptive innovation in the industry; the kinds that will usher in new ways of doing things- bring about efficiency, and productivity.

“To this extend, the NCC realises the importance for this collaboration which informed this as part of our 8-point agenda- strategic collaboration and partnerships”, he said.

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The EVC said, in line with that the Commission has established a new Department of Research and Development.

“Only recently, we gave out over N50million to members of the academic from various universities in order to conduct researches that will facilitate and translate into innovations helping to contain challenges in the industry. We are poised to see the best research results come from the University system where collaboration has taken a firm-root. As we speak, researches are on-going and we soon we shall share the outcomes”, he added.

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Fellow of NAE…As EVC,

“I want to say that I feel personally fulfilled as an Engineer and as an Administrator of human and material resources. It is a sort of following in the footsteps of the former EVC- Dr. Ernest Ndukwe who is here with us today. We are treading the path of regulatory excellency and operational efficiency that NCC is known for which has enabled the achievements we are seeing in the sector.


“Only recently, we saw the sector bouncing back with a contribution of 9.15% to the GDP. This amount translates to N1.45trillion quarterly; this has been the trend in the sector. This is a serious testimony to the serious work we are doing in NCC; testimonies to regulations we roll out; new frameworks, guidelines and new directions.

“Recently, we completed a new framework that will see telcos participate in spectrum trading. Instead of having a dormant spectrum, you can choose to transfer, lease, or share the spectrum. This remarkable achievement of ensuring optimum utilisation of resource was applauded across the industry.

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He said that the Commission will continue to come out with regulations; “progressive ones for that matter that will lead to total digital transformation of the economy, governance and transformation of the key sectors of the economy”.

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