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NCC EVC Danbatta lauds Swedish govt and Ericsson for sustaining partnership

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The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Umar Garba Danbatta has applauded the Swedish Government and Ericsson for their unwavering commitment and enduring collaboration with the commission in the realm of capacity building.

This partnership has substantially strengthened the NCC’s regulatory functions, according to the NCC chief executive.

Danbatta, spoke at a workshop jointly organised by the NCC and their Swedish counterparts as part of the broader Swedish Programme for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Developing and Emerging Regions (SPIDER).

He underscored the momentous progress achieved by the NCC in the sphere of ICT.

“This workshop signposts the vital role the Nigerian Communications Commission, as a regulator, has been playing in the West African sub-region. It also highlights the unending objective of keeping up with the times and ever-evolving dynamics of the telecommunications sector,” Danbatta stated.

The NCC’s Chief Executive reiterated the Swedish Government’s and SPIDER’s steadfast dedication to the advancement of ICT in emerging regions. He further acknowledged their instrumental roles in ameliorating access to healthcare, education, income generation, and employment prospects in West Africa, thereby contributing significantly to poverty mitigation.

Danbatta stated, “This periodic strategic engagement under the auspices of SPIDER over the years has made the Commission a more effective regulator and enhanced it contribution to the development of the telecommunications sector. This contribution will further support the creation of an ecosystem that is beneficial to the economies and people of the region.”

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In her address, Annika Hahn, the Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroun, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), underscored the paramount importance of ICT regulation and capacity building as catalysts for economic development and societal progress.

The Ambassador conveyed her commendations to the NCC for hosting this collaborative event, which has further cemented the ties between the two nations. She also acknowledged the pivotal role that ICT has played in propelling Sweden’s economic growth. Sweden is the cradle of Ericsson, one of the globe’s most venerated and extensive ICT corporations with a storied legacy in the sector.

Hahn noted that “to cope with this new and swiftly-developing environment, we need to regulate in a modern and adaptable way. Therefore, human capacity building in ICT regulation is crucial for all of us.”

The diplomat highlighted the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which accelerated the adoption of ICT worldwide, resulting in a surge in Internet users and a transformative effect across various sectors, including education, commerce, and financial services. Additionally, she emphasized the pivotal role played by e-learning practices on diverse platforms during this transformative period.

Furthermore, the Ambassador cited Ericsson’s report, indicating that Sub-Saharan Africa boasted over 900 million registered mobile subscriptions in 2022, with a substantial portion of these in Nigeria.

In her closing remarks, the Swedish Ambassador emphasized the indispensable role of education in driving growth and contributing to the ambitious target of exceeding one billion mobile subscriptions within Sub-Saharan Africa by the close of 2023.

She stressed the necessity for collaborative knowledge-sharing and upskilling of human resources among all stakeholders to achieve this objective.

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

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