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NCC reaffirms commitment to industry collaboration and inclusion

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has stated that it will continue to consult stakeholders on issues affecting telecommunications service deployments and developments, in accordance with its strategic focus’s culture of inclusiveness, collaboration, and partnership.

The Commission’s Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), Garba Danbatta, represented by the Commission’s Director of Public Affairs, Reuben Muoka, gave the assurance while receiving a delegation of Food Basket Foundation International (FBFI), led by its Chief Executive Officer, Funmi Akinyele, during a courtesy visit to NCC Headquarters in Abuja.

He affirmed that the Commission is committed to strengthening its regulation of the telecommunications sector, particularly pro-growth regulation.

While praising the Commission for its regulatory excellence and emphasizing its efforts to ensure there are regulations, frameworks, and guidelines to protect the telecoms sector and online civic space, Akinyele expressed concerns about the state of social media with uncontrolled content.

She stated that the purpose of her visit to the regulator was to explore areas of collaboration in its programme to protect the digital civic space by combating misinformation and disinformation while mitigating risks to the digital civic space to ensure electoral integrity before, during, and after the 2023 General Elections.

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She explained that this initiative is part of one of FBFI’s projects called Safeguarding Digital Civic Space for Electoral Integrity (SDSEI).

Furthermore, Muoka informed the team that the Commission is not responsible for the content of social media, as that is the responsibility of other government agencies.

However, the Commission has been involved in several aspects of Internet user protection, such as initiatives toward Child Online Protection, COP, deployment of the Computer Security Incident Response Team, NCC-CSIRT, set up to monitor cyber-attacks in Nigerian cyberspace, and activities of the Commission’s department of New Media and Information Security set up to address cybersecurity issues.

“We have tried not to be a closed organization. We give lots of premiums to consultations and collaborations, especially in the areas that will ensure that the consumers and stakeholders understand what is going on and to make input that enriches the quality of regulations, as well as being able to access the information they may require to safeguard themselves and the society,” he noted.

Muoka also invited the group to join the NCC in conducting awareness campaigns to educate telecom consumers on their roles and responsibilities in order to use the Internet and telecommunication platforms safely and avoid misuse and abuse.

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