The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has tasked states on the need to encourage Information and Communication Technology (ICT) investment drive, digital innovation and local content development in the digital ecosystem in the North-Eastern geo-political zone of Nigeria.
This was the fulcrum of stakeholders’ discussion at the Emerging Tech Research & Innovation Forum organised by the Commission in Yola, Adamawa state.
Speaking at the forum, Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, said ICT leads as the new engine of economic growth which must be taken very seriously to drive development in the region, stressing that the northern states needed to embrace ICT investment drive in a bid to fulfil President Muhammadu Buhari’s ICT development drive.
Represented by Deputy Director New Media and Information Security, Mr.Chidi Diugwu in the Commission at the forum, Danbatta maintained that ICT adoption drive, which has become the new economic model for the country, will continue to shape the future of global economies, underscoring the need for states in Nigeria to key into the new economic order.
According to Danbatta, this Forum has been designed to advance NCC’s agenda of promoting ICT innovation, tech entrepreneurship and facilitate local development while leveraging on the power of digital technology to position Nigeria’s 21st century digital revolution.
“This forum is in continuation of the Commission’s nationwide support scheme for adoption of tech ecosystem for local content growth and the nation’s economic landscape,” Danbatta said.
In his address, the Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, NCC, Ubale Maska stressed that “we must all support Mr. President’s Next Level Agenda of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years through the adoption of emerging technology trends across local economic fronts in all states of the Federation,” he said
The two-day forum with the Theme: “Developing Nigeria’s Tech Ecosystem: Imperative for Improving Local Content,” brought together key players in the ICT value chain to deliberate and suggest policy directions, regulatory frameworks and strategies to further facilitate innovation, stimulate market growth and create value in the industry in the geo-political zone.
The forum also featured two panel discussions on “Innovation Hubs as the Fulcrum of Local Content Development, Digital inclusion and Wealth Creation, Employment and National Economic Development” and “Legislative and Government Support for Enhancing Tech Ecosystem in Nigeria.”