The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in Nigeria is indeed the most dynamic, as it continues to evolve by the day.The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Danbatta during his opening remarks at the capacity building programme for members of Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association said the Commission to ensure that our stakeholders and partners from the Media are well equipped with the knowledge and required skill-set to do their jobs effectively and efficiently.
The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Professor Danbatta at the Digital Bridge Institute, Abuja on October 27, 2020 during the capacity building programme for members of Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association.
EVC told members of NITRA that, to aptly reflect the focus of the training, the theme which has been deliberately chosen is “Capacity Building for Telecom Reporters”.
It is our tradition at the Commission to ensure that advancements in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) have reshaped every facet of our human endeavour from how we learn, teach and communicate to advancements in medicine, transportation, space exploration and many more.
“We should, indeed, all be thankful to be alive and living well in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The devastation and destruction caused by the novel corona virus cannot be quantified, but I am happy that the necessary policies and programmes put in place by the Commission have repositioned Nigeria’s Telecoms industry and also provided support for other vital sectors.
He recalled that with the shutdown of almost every sector of the economy since the outbreak, telecoms continue to provide government and businesses the platform to operate and transact online to ensure that our developing economy is sustained.
NCC boss who did not hide his feeling said “I must applaud every member of NITRA for working assiduously to provide coverage for our activities, as well as provide a platform for our narratives in terms of the various policy initiatives and actions taken to support the national economy. Without your continuous cooperation, understanding and professionalism, the Nigerian audience would not have been properly informed about the activities of the NCC.
“Today, we continue in our quest for an improved ICT industry in Nigeria by assembling a team of seasoned professionals at the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) to educate and enlighten you all on the latest trends in the global ICT industry.
Prof cited the Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Ali Ibrahim Pantami’s briefing during interactive session with the Press in Abuja on January 3, 2020 where he stated that “the Nigerian government was fully in support of building capacity for our stakeholders.
The Honourable Minister in his submission recognized the important role journalism has played in the development of Nigeria’s ICT industry and wants me to reassure you that the Federal Government will continue to provide an enabling environment for the ICT Sector to thrive.”
This effort is consistent with one of the critical pillars of my strategic vision plan, which has to do with strategic partnership and collaboration and so, we view every member of NITRA as a very crucial stakeholder, hence this training.
“The onus is on all of us here today to make sure that we take this training seriously and take advantage of it to expand on our horizons. This is very necessary so that when we report events or activities relating to the industry, we are able to translate them into a language that the common man will readily understand.
He reaffirmed that the Commission will continue to support capacity building and other initiatives which foster closer interaction and build stronger relationship with your members.
Prof therefore urge Members of NITRA to continue to be objective in your reportage to ensure that all our stakeholders benefit from the knowledge you will acquire during this meaningful training programme.