NCC draws 8-point agenda toward innovation, investment, others

By Barnabas Manyam, Yola

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), said   it has drawn out an eight-point agenda to promote innovation, investment competition as well as consumer empowerment in the country.

Prof.Umar Garba Danbatta,Chief Executive of the Commission,made this known at an ICT workshop organized for stakeholders in the North-East zone.

The workshop with  the theme ICT Utilization and Sustainability, is factored on Availability,Accessibility and Affordability of services to maximize the powers of ICT for economy growth and job creation especially in the area of agriculture,healthcare, education and security.

Represented by Chief Kelechi Nwankwo,the Vice Chairman said,the workshop  was initiated to brainstorm  with relevance stakeholders to foster ICT sustainable economic development and social advancement.

“The workshop seeks to provide opportunities for stakeholders to identify sustainable  solutions for Community Resource Centre (CRC),as well as School Knowledge Centre (SKC) in the region.

“In this regards, the program involves capacity development to enlighten stakeholders on global trends as well as national objectives on the use of CRCs and SKCs to equip benefitting communities  with skills necessary to study.

“The adoption and usage of technology innovations for improvement in agriculture,health,education and security in the zone are  the focal points of the workshop”.

In his remarks,Ayuba Shauibu,Secretary,Universal Service Provision Fund (SUSPF),said the agency has made tremendous efforts  in addressing universal service provision to encourage rapid ICT penetration at all levels.

Shauibu reiterated the commitment of the agency in implementing programs to reduce the country ‘s Digital Poverty Status in the country

According to him ,the agency is ensuring ICT Utilization and Sustainability projects designed for communities,local entrepreneurs and institutions geared towards  developing sufficient and efficient ICT infrastructure.

Information coordinator Zailani Zalla said NCC was going round the zones of the country to create awareness on the program of the USPF.