NCC Committed To Initiatives To Promote Local Content In Telecomms 

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is fully committed to the advancement of local content and the overall development of the Nigerian economy. In line with this, it has implemented various initiatives to promote indigenous participation in the telecommunications sector. 

In his speech at the “NCC SPECIAL DAY” during the 45th Kaduna International Trade Fair on Tuesday, the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the NCC, Dr. Aminu Maida, said the Commission recognizes the importance of deepening the local content value chain as a critical driver for economic sustainability and growth. 

“The NCC remains dedicated to fostering an enabling environment for telecommunications industry, where local content and innovation can thrive as this is one of the most critical thrusts of the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy”.

Maida noted that robust local content value chain will not only create economic opportunities but also contribute to technological advancement, job creation, and skills development within the country, adding that the Commission has sponsored a number of Hackathons to encourage and promote Nigerian innovators expanding the frontiers of the digital economy.

He said the Commission encourages local manufacturing and assembly of telecommunications equipment, promotes local software development, and supports initiatives aimed at enhancing digital skills and entrepreneurship among Nigerian youth.

Dr. Aminu Maida

In 2023, three winners emerged in three critical thematic areas of innovations; Blockchain-enabled Data Protection Solutions for Enhancing Regulatory Compliance; Assistive Technology Solutions for the Elderly and People with Disabilities and Technology Solutions for Renewable Energy in Rural Areas.

He further stated that the NCC has continued to prioritize consumer protection and empowerment, ensuring that consumers have access to high-quality telecommunications services and are well-informed about their rights and responsibilities. He added that an empowered consumer base is essential for driving demand and sustaining the growth of the local content value chain.

“As we participate in this trade fair, we urge all stakeholders, including telecommunications operators, equipment manufacturers, software developers, and consumers, to embrace the ethos of promoting local content. By working together, we can create a more vibrant and inclusive telecommunications industry that contributes significantly to the Nigeria’s economic recovery and growth”, he stated

He restated the Commission’s readiness to address the challenges faced by consumers and protect their rights while ensuring their satisfaction, adding that the NCC has implemented measures to safeguard the interest of consumers and businesses alike. “We therefore encourage businesses and service providers to prioritize customer satisfaction and uphold the highest standards of service delivery”.

He also restated the vision of the NCC which is to create a dynamic regulatory environment that ensures universal access to affordable and equitable service and supports the nation’s economic growth. 

“As a regulator of the telecommunications sector in the country, the Commission carries out its functions to ensure service availability, accessibility, affordability, and sustainability for all categories of consumers, who are leveraging on ICT/Telecoms to drive personal and business activities”.

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