… To Collaborate On Capacity Building
In a bid to deepen and accelerate the growth of the Nigerian communications technology industry, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) the nation’s telecom regulator has pledged to partner with tech journalists.
This was one of the outcomes of an interactive/introductory meeting held via video conferencing between the journalists under the aegis of the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) and a team from the NCC led by the Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde.
In his remark, Dr. Adinde used the opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of NITRA towards building the industry over the years and noted that the Association’s partnership with the Commission has contributed in no small way in giving the Commission the prominence it enjoys both locally and internationally.
While acknowledging that the communication sector is arguably the most vibrant and dynamic sector of our national economy, he solicited further support as the commission pursues its mandate of regulating the sector to the benefit of the sector and the economy as a whole.
Dr. Adinde stressed that the reappointment of the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) Prof. Umar Danbatta, which commenced officially on August 5, 2020, was a testament of the commendable job by the Danbatta-led management team, and called on NITRA to continue with the same enthusiasm it has used to support the Commission’s plans, initiatives and programmes.
“On our part, we will continue to work with you as a group of professionals to accomplish goals and objectives which define our shared interest in building the ICT sector, and the telecom sector in particular for the greater good of Nigeria and the Nigerian economy,” he pledged.
Highlighting efforts at growing the industry and the Nigerian economy as a whole, Dr. Adinde said: “The National Digital Economic Policy and Strategy of the government, the National Broadband policy 2020-2025; the NCC Strategic Management Plan 2020-2024, the recent creation of Digital Economy Department in the Commission, and much more, all underscore the policy direction of the Federal Government.”
He further called on NITRA to help enlighten the general public on the various programmes and initiatives of the NCC, particularly as it relates to the Call Free Number, 622; the Do-Not-Disturb number, 2442 and the National Emergency Communication number 122.
“These regulatory initiatives of the Commission, among others, are designed to bring succor to our valued telecoms consumers. This is why we are having this important meeting. Because we recognise the important role NITRA is playing in promoting our enlightenment and awareness efforts,” he stressed.
Dr. Adinde said the NCC will work with NITRA to initiate a series of measures and programmes that will empower the journalists to do their jobs effectively. These include capacity building and opening up a direct information channel between the two bodies.
In his response, the National Chairman of NITRA, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchu thanked the DPA and pledged the support of NITRA in the Commission’s plans and programmes.
Mr. Onwuegbuchu praised Dr. Adinde for his work at the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) and further as the Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, noting that NITRA, as an industry Association is committed to doing all in its power to ensure the growth and development of the ICT industry.
Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde was in June redeployed from the Consumer Affairs Bureau where he served as the Director, to the Director, Public Affairs Department.