The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Offer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Garba Danbatta has said that the Commission has been nurturing the country’s local talents, encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship and creativity.
He added that the aim is to gradually propel Nigeria onto the global stage of technological leadership.
Professor Danbatta spoke at the second edition of the Nigerian Telecommunications Indigenous Content EXPO (NTICE ,2023), held in Lagos. It is the only telecom event in Nigeria that is solely focused on Indigenous
Content promotion, development and adaptation.
Professor Danbatta stressed that NTICE is a place to nurture and support the burgeoning talent pool within
“By showcasing indigenous innovations and providing opportunities for
young entrepreneurs, we are not only nurturing our local talents but also
encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship and creativity that will propel Nigeria onto the global stage of technological leadership.
“Having recognized the persistent digital divide that exists within our nation, let us seize the opportunities presented by NTICE 2023 to bridge this gap by advocating for accessible technology and ensuring that the benefits of innovation are extended to every corner of Nigeria.
“This inclusivity is crucial in
driving equitable growth and empowering communities to be active participants
in the digital revolution.
“We note that in a world that is increasingly interconnected and digital, the concept of technological sovereignty holds immense significance.”
The NCC boss said that this year’s event themed: “Harnessing Indigenous Content for Economic Growth; Networking to boost
Investment” was carefully designed by the Commission to build on the
maiden edition of the NTICE.
According to him, NTICE is not only an exhibition but it is also a gathering of industry players that embodies the spirit of innovation, resilience, collaboration, and progress.
“It presents a remarkable opportunity to celebrate and showcase Nigeria’s
achievements in the world of telecommunications, technology, as well as indigenous content creation and adoption.”
He stressed the need for the stakeholders to recognize the transformative power of domestic innovation and the pivotal role it plays
in shaping digital future of nations, their economies and their futures.
Professor Danbatta said that the Nigerian Telecoms Sector has been amongst the biggest contributors to socio-economic growth of the country, “as evidenced by the numerous achievements of the sector.
“It is not out of place to mention that the sector’s performance was instrumental to lifting Nigeria out of recession with 12.45% contribution to the GDP in Q4 2020. This figure increased to 14.13% as at Q1 2023.”
The NCC boss saw the event as a beacon of Nigeria’s commitment to taking charge of its technological destiny.
“By promoting indigenous content, we are not only fostering economic growth but also asserting our autonomy and self-reliance in the digital realm.”
He emphasized that the Nigeria Telecom Indigenous Content Expo (NTICE) 2023, is a declaration of Nigeria’s commitment to shaping its digital destiny.
“As we navigate this dynamic landscape, let us remember that our progress is intrinsically linked to our ability
to harness the power of indigenous innovation, leverage technology for positive change, and ensure that no one is left behind on this transformative journey.
“Let’s embrace NTICE as a symbol of our collective potential, a platform to
celebrate our achievements, and a driving force to propel Nigeria towards a brighter, more digitally empowered future.”
Professor Danbatta expressed confidence that the best would come out of event, and would chart a new course.