Danbatta promises continued support for media

L-R: Grace Ojougboh, Head, Online Media & Special Publications, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Usma Malah, Director, Human Capital and Administration; Blessing Olaifa, Chairman, Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), Abuja Chapter; Prof. Mohammed Ajiya, President/Chief Executive Officer, Digital Bridge Institute (DBI); Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, NCC; Usman Mamman, Head, Human Capital, NCC; Bashir Bello, Head, Legislative & Government Relations, NCC and Truddy Tony-Awusaku, Principal Manager, Public Affairs, NCC,during the opening ceremony of the capacity building in at DBI, Abuja on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

By Anayo Ezugwu

PROF. Umar Danbatta, executive vice-chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has promised that the commission will continue to support the media. He says that it is the tradition at the commission to ensure that stakeholders and partners from the media are well equipped with the knowledge and required skill-set to do their jobs effectively and efficiently.

Speaking at the capacity building programme for members of the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association on Tuesday, October 27, Danbatta said the Information and Communications Technology, ICT, industry in Nigeria was indeed the most dynamic, as it continues to evolve by the day. He acknowledged that the advancements in ICT have reshaped every facet of human endeavour from “how we learn, teach and communicate to advancements in medicine, transportation, space exploration and many more.

“We should, indeed, all be thankful to be alive and living well in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The devastation and destruction caused by the novel coronavirus cannot be quantified, but I am happy that the necessary policies and programmes put in place by the Commission have repositioned Nigeria’s Telecoms industry and also provided support for other vital sectors.

“With the shutdown of almost every sector of the economy since the outbreak, telecoms continue to provide government and businesses the platform to operate and transact online to ensure that our developing economy is sustained. I must applaud every member of NITRA for working assiduously to provide coverage for our activities, as well as provide a platform for our narratives in terms of the various policy initiatives and actions taken to support the national economy.

“Without your continuous cooperation, understanding and professionalism, the Nigerian audience would not have been properly informed about the activities of the NCC. Today, we continue in our quest for an improved ICT industry in Nigeria by assembling a team of seasoned professionals at the Digital Bridge Institute, DBI, to educate and enlighten you all on the latest trends in the global ICT industry.

“As you may all recall, the Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Ali Ibrahim Pantami, had a brief interactive session with the press in Abuja on January 3, 2020 where he stated that the Nigerian government was fully in support of building capacity for our stakeholders. The Honourable Minister in his submission recognized the important role journalism has played in the development of Nigeria’s ICT industry and wants me to reassure you that the Federal Government will continue to provide an enabling environment for the ICT Sector to thrive.

“This effort is consistent with one of the critical pillars of my strategic vision plan, which has to do with strategic partnership and collaboration and so, we view every member of NITRA as a very crucial stakeholder, hence this training,” he said.

– Oct. 28, 2020 @ 12:12 GMT |

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