The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, says it will partner with the Nigerian Air force in capacity building in the area of Information Communication Technology, as well as to ensure that the Nation’s underserved areas have access to telecommunications service to curb insurgency across the country.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta stated this in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital when a delegation from the Nigerian Air force led by the Chief of Air staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar paid a courtesy visit on the Management of the NCC.
Prof. Umar Danbatta noted that ICT plays a vital role important in Nigeria’s security.
He noted that the training arm of NCC, the Digital Bridge Institute is aimed at developing capacity in the African continent and will be engaged with providing the specialized training required.
Danbatta said the Commission has maps and knowledge of specific locations that have access gaps without base receiver and is ready to block the gaps, stressing that priority must be given to ensure there is access to telecom facilities
Meanwhile, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar said that the aim of the visit was to seek intervention capacity building and access to telecom service in underserved areas to aid secure prone areas of the country.
Air Marshall Abubakar also said that the Nigerian Air Force is a highly technical service and the challenges recorded in the 21 century is such that requires capacity building.
“There is no way for us especially in the Air Force to function effectively without the right calibre of personnel especially people that are trained to operate and to put together what will make the service function effectively to ensure Nigeria is secured and Nigeria people are able to pursue their legitimate aspiration without any hindrance on assumption of office,” he said.
He explained that it is important to partner with the NCC as a result of the huge gap in terms of human capacity building and to aid manage information and communication properly and needs to build sufficient capacity indigenously so as to deploy security issues without sending its personnel out.
“Another important issue is that we are beginning to expand the number of air ranges that we have for air weapon delivery so that pilot can practice how to shoot with an aircraft how to be effective and so on we about to have one in Toro local government area and we are also looking at one in Lugu forest somewhere between Katsina and Zamfara we have noticed there are gaps in communication in these area and there is no way we can have an air range in a location where it is difficult to communicate as the services are not there yet so solicit the support of NCC or persuade service providers to take a look at this as it is a security issue and there are other people in the community who need the services,” he explained.