The EVC who was represented by NCC’s Head of Online Media and Special Publications, Mr Omoniyi Ibietan, added that GOCOP had remained a segment of NCC’s stakeholders that is continually supported by disseminating the Commission’s activities.
He further stated that the theme of the event, Economy, Security and National Development: The Way Forward in Nigeria, was apt, as it speaks to the fundamental issues that underpin the developmental outlook as a Nation.
In his speech titled NCC, SIM Registration, Security and National Development, he further emphasized that NCC, as the country’s independent Telecoms Regulatory Authority, remains consistent in its commitment to using telecoms to support the Federal Government’s tripartite agenda. Which includes; improve the economy, enhance security of lives and properties, and fight corruption in our society.
On the telecoms industry’s growth, the NCC boss said:
“The cumulative investment profile in the sector is $70 billion. At 11.39% contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Information and Telecommunications Technology (ICT) contributing 13.39% to GDP in the second quarter of 2019, the telecom sector remains a major actor in the nation’s economy.”
With respect to SIM registration and its connection with national security, Professor Danbatta said: “The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), established under the NIMC Act 2007 has released the National Identification Number Regulations 2017.
Highpoint of the conference was the inauguration of GOCOP’s new executive and induction of new members.
Various dignitaries who graced the event includes His Lordship, Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah, who was the Keynote Speaker, Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Chief Guest of Honour, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, who made a case for press freedom; Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, Managing Director of The News Group.
While discussants were Professor Akpan Ekpo, who was represented by Professor Douglas Omotor; Mr. Mike Ejiofor, former Director of Department of State Services, DSS, and Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, represented by Brig.-Gen. Aminu Goni; the Mr. Femi Adeshina, among others.