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NCC hosts Swedish Ambassador who rates Nigeria as ready for digital revolution

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The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, on Thursday (9th January 2020) hosted the Swedish Ambassador to ECOWAS, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria, His Excellency Carl Michael Grans at NCC Head Office. Discussions at the meeting focused on enhancing ICT capacity development and broadband penetration in Nigeria.
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Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Danbatta, addressing the visiting team.

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, while receiving the Ambassador noted that the meeting was at the instance of the Commission, based on the Commission’s assessment of the offer for capacity development and focus of the Swedish Programme for ICT Development in Emerging Regions (SPIDER), a dedicated programme instituted to provide capacity building in emerging markets.

Professor Danbatta said that the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) had earlier trained some Nigerians.

Thus, Danbatta stated that further collaboration to build capabilities of Nigerians on ICT will increase human resources and capacity in the ICT sector towards deepening broadband penetration.

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Danbatta and Grans

The EVC stated that further capacity building of Nigerians on ICT tools and skills will start with agencies in the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMoCDE) in the context of train-the-trainer arrangement, and the beneficiaries in the agencies will proceed to train other Nigerians.

Responding to the EVC, Ambassador Carl Michael Grans said that “5G technology and Internet of Things (IoT) are crucial to transforming the industry and production in a way that can’t really be seen yet, but a digital revolution is really imminent worldwide”. Grans acknowledged that Nigeria is ready for the digital revolution considering the approval given to conduct 5G tests recently.

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Swedish Ambassador to Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) – Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria, Mr. Carl Grans (left) and Director, Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson, Mr. Peter Ogundele during the visit.

Professor Danbatta thanked the Swedish government for the capacity building programmes and reiterated that one of the priorities of the Nigeria Government is to facilitate the migration of millions of Nigerians out of poverty traps through ICT capacity development, skill impartation and effectively driving the digital economy processes.

“We hope that the Embassy will continue to facilitate this kind of intervention to NCC and other agencies of government in Nigeria and Africa, and we also hope to benefit from the wealth of experience especially of Sweden, being a leading broadband market”, the EVC said.

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Danbatta presenting a souvenir to Grans

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L-R: Hamza Shuni, Senior Officer, Public Affairs, NCC; Ibrahim Galadima, Principal Manager, Special Duties, NCC; Usman Malah, Chief of Staff to EVC NCC; Carl Michael Grans, Swedish Ambassador to ECOWAS Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria; Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC NCC; Peter Ogundele, Director, Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson Nigeria; Chukwuma Azikiwe, Deputy Director, Special Duties, NCC; and Babagana Digima, Assistant Director, Special Duties, NCC.

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