NCC is totally committed to assisting SMEs and innovators – Danbatta

Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has stated that the commission is committed to continuing to assist the country’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

According to the EVC, the NCC encourages innovators in order to promote talented young people and companies.

Danbatta specifically stated that the commission is completely committed to the Federal Government’s drive to build the Nigerian economy on a sustainable pedestal through the required policies put in place.

Danbatta stated this at the Nigerian Telecommunications Indigenous Content Expo (NTICE 2023), which was recently held in Lagos.

He stated that (NTICE 2023) is Nigeria’s only telecom event completely dedicated to Indigenous Content promotion, development, and adaption.

Danbatta stated that this year’s event, themed “Harnessing Indigenous Content for Economic Growth; Networking to Increase Investment,” which began earlier with the NTICE SELECT innovators’ pitching event, was meticulously prepared by the Commission to build on the NTICE’s inaugural edition.

“NTICE is more than just an exhibition; it is a gathering of industry players who embody the spirit of innovation, resilience, collaboration, and progress.”

“It provides an exceptional opportunity to celebrate and showcase Nigeria’s achievements in telecommunications, technology, and indigenous content creation and adoption.”

“As we delve into the heart of NTICE 2023 through the Expo, Pitch, and Panel sessions, we are called upon to recognize the transformative power of domestic innovation and the critical role it plays in shaping nations’ digital futures, economies, and futures.”

“Without a doubt, the Nigerian Telecoms Sector is one of the most important contributors to the country’s socioeconomic growth, as evidenced by the sector’s numerous achievements.” It is worth noting that the sector’s performance was critical in bringing Nigeria out of recession, with a 12.45% contribution to GDP in Q4 2020. This ratio grew to 14.13 percent in the first quarter of 2023,” he said.

He added that NTICE is also a platform to cultivate and support Nigeria’s rising talent pool.

“By showcasing indigenous innovations and providing opportunities for young entrepreneurs, we are not only nurturing our local talents but also encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship and creativity that will propel Nigeria to the forefront of technological leadership on a global scale.”

“Having recognized the persistent digital divide that exists within our nation, 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 said.

He emphasized the need for inclusivity in achieving equitable growth and encouraging communities to be active participants in the digital revolution.

Earlier in his remarks, Engr. Babagana Digima, Team Lead NODITS, NCC, stated that the expo was more than simply a gathering of like-minded people, but also a hub of invention and creativity.

It is a platform where ideas are exchanged, partnerships are formed, and collaborations are formed, according to Digima.

“It is a space where the synergy of diverse minds transforms into actionable strategies that will propel us towards new horizons of economic growth and sustainable development,” he explained.

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