The Nigerian Communications Commissions (NCC) is expected to enhance Nigeria’s participation in the ongoing global digital revolution, by developing an appropriate blueprint that will serve as the guiding principles for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Research programmes in the country.
A seven-man panel of technology experts have been appointed by NCC to address issues relating to ICT research. The panel submitted its final report to the NCC Board and Management during the weekend.
The panel, which is chaired by the former Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the NCC, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, also includes- Chairman, Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Titi Omo–Ettu; Administrator of DBI, Dr. Ike Adinde; Prof. Mohammed Ajiya; Alhaji Abdullahi Maikano; Johnson Asinugo and Mr. Shehu Olaniya.
Chairman of NCC Board, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, who received the report from the panel, said the initiative was to invite eminent Nigerians with “deep knowledge, expertise and experience in ICT to serve on the panel of experts and in their capacity to advise the NCC on ICT discovery, technology innovations, through the instrumentality of research and capacity building”.
Speaking on the NCC’s commitment to encouraging the establishment of ICT learning and education in Nigeria, Durojaiye revealed that “the Board deeply considered setting up a merit based process for objective selection of young Nigerians resident in the country and in diaspora for special training and capacity building to enhance Nigeria’s participation in the ongoing global digital revolution”.
He noted that it was imperative for the Nigerian youth to be major actors in the world fourth industrial revolution by discovering, innovating and inventing solutions that will address current and future needs of mankind.