NCC to host Emerging Telecoms Technologies Research, ICT Innovation Forum

Na'ankwat Dariem, Abuja


The Nigerian Communications Commission is set to host its maiden edition of the Emerging Telecoms Technologies Research and ICT Innovation forum from the 10th -11th of June, 2019.

The Forum with the theme: “Developing Nigeria’s Tech Ecosystem: Imperative for Improving Local Content” will hold at Tayo Aderinokun Hall by Unilag Guest House, University of Lagos, Lagos State

According to Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) this is in line with the Commission’s commitment to promote ICT innovation and investment opportunities and facilitating strategic collaboration and partnership.

The Commission said the forum presents a unique opportunity for NCC to bring together key players/actors in the Nigerian tech-ecosystem to deliberate and suggest policy, framework/strategy that could further develop the sector, thereby serving as a catalyst for improving local content in ICT/Telecommunication sector.

The two-day event will on the first day focus on identifying the gaps in the ICT/Telecoms sector, and the strengthening of collaboration between stakeholders and the Commission. The second day will have a breakout session to discuss possible solution to the identified gaps.

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, is expected to address the gathering comprising of stakeholders drawn from the Nigerian Tech ecosystem; Mobile Network Operators (MNOs); Internet Service Providers (ISPs); and Tech hubs. Professional Associations in the ICT sector, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), Consumer Advocacy Groups and representatives from the financial sector will also be in attendance.

A lead paper on the theme, “Developing Nigeria’s Tech Ecosystem: Imperative for Improving Local Content” will be presented by Ms. Funke Opeke, CEO, Main One.

Other topics to be discussed by panellists include “Digital Skills Imperative for Retooling National Workforce and Developing Capacities for Future Work.

“Innovation Hubs as the Fulcrum of Local Content Development, Digital Inclusion, Employment and National Survivability”.

“Legislative and Government Support for Enhancing Tech Eco-System in Nigeria”.

The panellists for the three segments include: Prof. Francis Idachaba, Director of Academic planning, Covenant University Ota, Ogun State; Prof. G. Aderounmu, Dean Faculty of Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Osun State; and Mrs Yetunde Akinloye, Director, Legal and Regulatory Services Department of NCC.