Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has stated that the organization will maintain its commitment to assisting Nigeria’s many MSMEs.
The EVC also mentioned that the NCC backs innovators to help brilliant youth and new businesses thrive.
In particular, Danbatta reaffirmed the commission’s dedication to the Federal Government’s initiative to put the Nigerian economy on a sustainable platform by enacting all the essential measures.
The second annual Nigerian Telecommunications Indigenous Content Expo (NTICE 2023) was recently held in Lagos, and Danbatta announced this there.
He mentioned that only (NTICE 2023) in Nigeria is dedicated to the promotion, development, and adaption of Nigerian indigenous content in the telecom industry.
Danbatta stated that the Commission purposefully planned this year’s event to improve upon the inaugural edition of the NTICE. The event kicked off with a pitch competition for innovators dubbed NTICE SELECT.
“NTICE is more than just a trade show; it’s a convocation of industry leaders that personify the values of creativity, tenacity, teamwork, and forward momentum.
It’s a fantastic chance to highlight and honor Nigeria’s contributions to the fields of telecommunications, technology, and the development and consumption of original content.
As we delve into the core of NTICE 2023 through the Expo, Pitch, and Panel sessions, we are called upon to realize the transformative potential of domestic innovation and the vital role it plays in defining the digital future of nations, their economies, and their destinies.
The multiple successes of the Nigerian telecoms sector prove that it is one of the most important contributors to the country’s economic development. It’s worth noting that the performance of the industry was crucial in pulling Nigeria out of recession, as it contributed 12.45 percent to GDP in the fourth quarter of 2020. The figure rose to 14.13 percent in the first quarter of 2023, he said.
He said that NTICE also serves as a hub for Nigeria’s growing talent community.
“By exhibiting homegrown ideas and giving young entrepreneurs a chance to make their mark, we are not only developing our local talents but also creating a culture of entrepreneurship and creativity that will catapult Nigeria to the forefront of technological innovation on a global scale.
“Having recognized the persistent digital divide that exists within our nation,” he continued, “let us seize the opportunities presented by NTICE 2023 to bridge this gap by advocating for accessible technology and ensuring that the benefits of innovation are extended to every corner of Nigeria.”
He emphasized how important it is for communities to be able to participate in the digital revolution and for growth to be shared fairly.
Earlier in his speech, Engr. Babagana Digima, Team Lead NODITS, NCC, characterized the expo as a nexus of invention and creativity rather than merely a gathering of like-minded people.
Digima describes it as a place where people can meet, talk shop, and develop new relationships and collaborations.
He described it as a place where “diverse minds transform into actionable strategies that will propel towards new horizons of economic growth and sustainable development.”