UMAR Danbatta, executive vice chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has said that ICT holds great potential for the nation’s transformation. He said although Nigeria has already plugged into the ICT ecosystem, it is yet to harvest fully the dividends of the ICT revolution sweeping across the world.
Danbatta stated this at the ICT industry most prestigious annual event – The Beacon of ICT Distinguished Lecture/Awards, which took place in Lagos. Danbatta, who was represented by Sunday Dare, executive commissioner stakeholder management, NCC, In a lucid, passionate, persuasive and very stimulating remark, Danbatta said the event, already in its 9th series, has become a reveller of trends in ICT, a transporter into the world of greater possibilities and smarter world, and has earned the reputation of being Nigeria’s ICT sector most prestigious annual event.
The EVC NCC said ICT has no barrier or frontiers and needed to be embraced by all and sundry. He noted that while the youth have fully embraced ICT, our government, institutions (both public and private) are still in the process of fully adopting ICT in their operations and activities despite its huge promises. “Although government has made commendable strides but a more systematic and accelerated approach will yield more dividends, and create more opportunities and jobs for the economy and the youth in particular.”
Danbatta thus advised that Nigeria’s educational curricula must integrate ICT at all levels of education and our systems and institutions must be brought into compliance by training and re-training. Demonstrably, he added, that NCC has been in the forefront of providing education in the telecoms and IT spheres as he recalled that the Commission started this in 2004 when it established the Digital Bridge Institute, DBI, to provide capacity building and redress dearth of appropriate skills in the emergent telecom sector. The DBI, a multi-campus institution based in Abuja with footprints in Lagos, Kano and Enugu, is modelled after similar ICT universities and institutions.
Indeed, industry pundits, stakeholders and other enthusiasts would easily recall that NCC and its constitutive department – the Universal Service Provision Fund, USPF – have made at least a thousand interventions in terms of provision of physical ICT infrastructure in communities and educational institutions in all the States and in all the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
NCC also carted away three prestigious awards: the regulator of the year award; the organisation with the best use of social media award; and the ICT spokesperson of the year award received by Tony Ojobo, director public affairs, NCC.
The Distinguished Lecture delivered by Peter Arogundade, CEO Sidmach Technologies, titled Empowering Youth through Digital Citizenship was quite provocative, anecdotal and incisive. It clearly underscored the potential and opportunities locked in the ICT sector waiting for the youth and all of us to explore in order to migrate from being digital natives to digital citizens. A scenario Danbatta had referred to in his stimulating remark when he noted that evidence of the potential of ICT can be seen in millions of start- ups that have grown to be successful businesses with assets quantifiable in millions of dollars.
The 2017 BEACON of ICT Distinguished Lecture, organized by NIGERIA COMMUNICATIONS WEEK, again created an evening devoted to chart the way to go for Nigeria’s ICT sector, while the Awards “reward and celebrate individual skills, innovative brilliance and organizational excellence.”
— Apr 25, 2017 @ 10:40 GMT