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SPIDER Initiative: Things you should know about Swedish’s ICT4D program targeted by NCC



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 The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), on Thursday hosted the Swedish Ambassador to ECOWAS, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria, Mr. Carl Grans at NCC Head Office with discussions centering on how the country can enhance Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capacity development and broadband penetration in Nigeria.


The Ambassador in his comment, rated Nigeria as read for digital revolutions.

While receiving the Ambassador and team, Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, said 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.

This is in line with the Commission’s 8-Point Agenda, one of the pillars of which focuses on Strategic Collaborations and Partnership towards accelerating digital access and skills development in the country.

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.

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.

What you should know about SPIDER Initiative

The Swedish Program for ICT in Development Regions (SPIDER) is an ICT for Development (ICT4D), non-governmental organization based in Sweden.

SPIDER’s vision is “an interconnected world where Information and Communication Technology enables everyone to have their voices heard and their needs met”. SPIDER’s mission is to support the use of Information and Communication Technology to improve accountability, education and health in developing regions.

SPIDER establishes collaborations, shares knowledge and builds capacity through networks globally.

According to this report, the organization has acted as an ICT4D central node in a network of actors from academia, civil society, government and business in Sweden and abroad for more than 10 years.

It facilitates the collaboration and sharing of experience between different actors in the field to reach better development results.


Through its initiatives, the organization has supported many projects and organization in different least developed countries including: ICT4Democracy in East Africa Network; ICT4D Cambodia Network and  the International Network for Postgraduate Students in the area of ICT4D (IPID).

SPIDER is hosted by the Department for Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV) at Stockholm University and funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) with complementary funding from Stockholm University.


L-R: Deputy Director, Special Duties, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Mr. Chukwuma Azikiwe; Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of  NCC, Usman Malah; EVC/CEO, NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta; 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.

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