May 11, 2021

By Atinuke Tokura Nukay/ TnTv Network

“On our part, we will continue to work with you to accomplish the goals and objectives which define our shared interests in building the ICT Sector and telecom in particular for the greater good of Nigerians.’’

These were the assurance given by the Executive Vice Chairman, EVC of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta during a virtual meeting with online partners of the agency on Wednesday.

Speaking through the Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, the EVC said the commission sees its online partners as a major part of its success and will always appreciate their contributions.

The Telecom Regulator pledged to strengthen its working partnership with online media.

The EVC said; “Journalism and the way we report and disseminate news have changed in fundamental ways by virtue of technology.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has also drastically changed the way we communicate and interact with digital platforms becoming the norm for carrying out official and personal activities. This virtual meeting today is a testament to this new normal.

“The digital media environment has brought about new opportunities and challenges for online journalists. One of the many benefits of what you do as an online journalist is the real-time dissemination of information and the immediacy it involves.

“The availability of online news 24/7 and its accessibility and availability to consumers make your work very important, you are therefore constantly faced with the challenge of not only reporting events real-time, sometimes, but balancing that need for speed with the accuracy and integrity demanded by your profession.

“There has been a considerable increase in the number of people accessing the news via online platforms, especially among younger audiences, it’s our vision therefore to make NCC the leading public sector brand in the use of online media for organizational communication and stakeholder engagement.

“The communications sector and telecoms, in particular, is indeed the most vibrant and dynamic sector of the economy and requires excellent leadership and stewardship, no wonder President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the reappointment of Prof. Umar Danbatta as the EVC/CEO of the NCC for another term of five years which has since been confirmed by the Senate.

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