The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, is to develop a Research and Development Road Map on telecommunications to ensure quality service delivery across the country.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta stated this in Abuja, Nigeria while inaugurating a Steering Committee on the Road Map on Research and Development in Telecommunications Industry.
The committee is expected to proffer solutions to current and future challenges, promote ICT and Innovations and to develop human capacity development for the sustainability of the industry.
“We do first of all by improving on the national system of innovation and innovation all over the world is what drives social economy transformation. In telecommunication industry, we hope to see a road map which translate into reality that would improve the quality of “telecommunications services in the country .It would enable citizens to able to protect themselves from cybercrimes, assist telecommunications operators to come up with new ideas and new services that would enrich the telecommunications offerings in the country,” Professor Danbatta explained.
According to him, the research initiative would encourage the revival of the telecommunication manufacturing industry by leveraging on the resources in the sector, which would in turn promote indigenous products, meet the telecoms needs of citizens and create job opportunities.
“Another important area is that of the result of the research and development to be showcased to critical stakeholder including those who are interested in our research and development so that we can translate important National Provision of the National Communications Act in the area of manufacturing into reality.” Professor Danbatta noted.
He added that “Virtually, there is no manufacturing taking place in this country and it is the responsibility of the Nigeria’s communications Commission to drive the revival of the sector or finally translate the important provision of the NCC Act into reality by having in place a vibrant telecommunication sector.”
Applauding the Commission, the Chairman of the Committee, Professor Elijah Omizagba of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Northern Nigeria, said the road map would help create a sustainable research culture that would suite the telecommunication sector.
“The basic idea to create a document that is all encompassing and which will give room for research in the University research system is relevant to the telecommunications industry. So that whatever comes out from there, will not only contribute to the local industry but also generate and drive the future policy of our telecommunications industry. Not only must we be a consumer nation with our rich wealth and ideas, we must be channeled to develop our own and pass it to the future generation,” Omizagba explained.
Members were selected from various tertiary institutions cross the Six Geo political zones of the country, the Telecoms Industry, the NCC as well as other stakeholders from the Academia.