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CJN acknowledges NCC’s role as a pioneering telecom regulator

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, commended the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for its significant efforts in promoting awareness and knowledge of information and communications technologies (ICT) during the 2023 annual workshop for judges on telecommunications issues, held in Kano.

The CJN recognized the pivotal role of ICT in modern court service delivery, highlighting the importance of embracing digital transformation while ensuring justice remains a top priority.

The workshop, themed “The Adjudication Path in a Digital Era,” aptly addresses the challenges faced by judicial officers in an age of rapid technological advancements.

Ariwoola emphasized the need to strike a balance between fostering innovation and safeguarding privacy and individual rights, particularly in the realm of data privacy and information security.

The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Umar Danbatta, welcomed the esteemed judicial officers and shared that the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003, is currently undergoing a fundamental review to modernize its provisions.

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He stressed the Commission’s commitment to deepening the judiciary’s understanding of the digital future and expressed a dedication to maintaining an efficient adjudicatory mechanism accessible in the digital space.

Danbatta underscored the importance of the workshop as a platform for engaging the judiciary in adopting digital technologies to advance the cause of justice.

He emphasized the telecommunications sector’s evolution since the enactment of the NCA in 2003 and its role in establishing a solid foundation for the digital economy agenda of the Federal Government.

The EVC affirmed the necessity of a safe and effective digital infrastructure and efficient adjudicatory mechanisms in a digital economy. He noted that the workshop would strengthen the integration of the Court, as the last hope of the common man, into the fabric of the digital economy.

In an interview, Danbatta confirmed that the review of the Nigerian Communications Act is in progress and that a public presentation of the reviewed Act will be conducted, allowing industry stakeholders and Nigerians to have their say.

The workshop, organized by the NCC in collaboration with the National Judicial Institute (NJI), serves as a testament to the Commission’s commitment to enhancing the judiciary’s capacity in the ever-evolving field of telecommunications.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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