Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has reiterated the Commission’s commitment to leveraging the power of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in digitally transforming Nigerian society and communities.
Danbatta made the remark in a message by the Commission to commemorate the 14th World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD), with the theme: “Accelerating Digital Transformation in Challenging Times”.
The WTISD is celebrated annually on May 17 to commemorate the founding of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865.
The NCC boss highlighted that the novel COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the urgency of digital transformation and advancing the goals and targets of Connect 2030 Agenda of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) saying that Nigeria through the NCC has been actively involved in commemorating the day.
The Connect 2030 Agenda supports ITU’s role in facilitating progress towards the achievement of the SDGs by 2030, ensuring that technology serves humanity and the planet.
To this end, the EVC said that throughout the year, the NCC has actively marked the WTISD2021 through national, regional, continental and international initiatives.
In his words:
“The WTISD2021 provides a unique opportunity for International Communication Union (ITU) members to continue in their quest for an accelerated digital transformation agenda that is all-encompassing, by promoting national strategies on ICT development across the world.
“COVID-19 has highlighted the urgency of accelerating the digital transformation in advancing the goal of the Connect 2030 Agenda of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) leaving no one behind.
“Nigeria, through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), participates actively in commemorating the theme of the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day 2021: Accelerating digital transformation in challenging times” throughout the year with national, regional, continental and international initiatives.
“I wish to commit that Nigerian Communications Commission will leverage the power of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in digitally transforming our society and communities”, he expressed.
— ncc.gov.ng (@NgComCommission) May 17, 2021