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Information and communication technology is an increasingly important factor in our economy and society and are proven to be powerful driver of innovation growth and productivity globally. At the Roundtable with Academia, Industry and other Stakeholders organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission. Academia consisting of University Vice Chancellors, Deans, Heads of Departments, Lecturers, students and other Stakeholders agree that collaboration and support from the Telecom Regulator will help put Nigeria on the innovation map, improve ICT products and Services and also promote local content which will foster Economic growth.
The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, who spoke during the commission’s Stakeholders Consultative Forum with Academia and Industry in Abuja said the meeting was to identify and articulate the pressing needs of the industry and also unlock the inherent potential of knowledge that exists in the nation’s sector and agree on public policies needed.
Speaking on the theme: “Stakeholders Collaboration in Research and Development: Key Driver For Innovation in The Telecommunications Industry,” Danbatta who was represented by the director of New Media and Information Security NCC, Engr Haru Al-Hassan said the results in the past few years are proof that collectively, they can achieve greater strides.
On his part, the Executive Commissioner Technical Services, NCC, Engr Ubale Maska, who was represented by Director of Research and Development, Ephraim Nwokonneya said the event also speaks to the Commission’s 8-points agenda of facilitating strategic collaborations and partnerships with critical stakeholders as a strategy to fostering ICT for sustainable economic development and social advancement.
The Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abubakar Rasheed charged Universities to collaborate to jointly design and conduct quality problem solving research targeted at specific contextual challenges in their immediate communities and nation at large.
Represented by the deputy executive secretary, Dr Suleiman Yusuf, Rasheed said the consistency of NCC in organising these forums is quite commendable and worthy of emulation.