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NCC Committed to Digital Transformation- Danbatta

Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, says it is committed to the Digital Transformation Agenda of the Federal Government

Chairman, NCC Governing Board, Prof. Adeolu Akande  and the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta made the submission at the virtual commissioning of eleven ICT based digital projects in various parts of the country

The two leaders appreciated the Minister of Communications for its leadership role and also expressed delight on the a contribution of NCC, stressing that the commission would continue to support the blueprint articulated by the Minister   for digital transformation of the country

Commissioning the projects, in Abuja, at the NCC annex , the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami submitted that the 11 projects were in line with the seven of the eight pillars of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) as unveiled last year by President Mohammadu Buhari

Highlighting the projects in which NCC implemented the following,  Emergency Communication Centres (ECC’s) in Ilorin, Kwara State and Calabar, Cross River state, e-Health/Data Sharing Centre, Medical College, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; and Virtual Examination Centre, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Dr Pantami pointed that the projects were responses to the vision of  President Muhammadu Buhari on national security, fight against corruption and diversification of the economy

Similarly the Governor of Imo State, Mr Hope Uzodinma, who also doubles as the chairman on the occasion urged the Ministry of Communication to remain focus as its blueprints for digital development was capable of lifting the nation to the next level.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the COVID 19 pandemic was an eye opener as it has served as catalyst for the adoptions of innovative technologies which has impacted positively on governance and youth empowerment.

He commended various state governments for their support in achieving the eleven projects in a short time.

In a remark, the Minister of State for Education, Chief Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba said with the priority of the Federal Government was right with the 7 of the ICT projects domiciled in various educational institutions.

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola specifically expressed excitement on the  emergency call center, saying it would go a long way in addressing of  insecurity facing the nation.

On his part the Governor of Gombe state, Alhaji Mohammed Yahaya whose state also benefited from the projects submitted quality of education in the country has been deepened, describing the project as a noble one.

Projects commissioned also include the Information Technology (IT) and Incubation Park, at the University of Ayungba, Kogi State, ICT Capacity Building Centres at the College of Education, Gumel, Jigawa State and Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State implemented by NITDA

 Others were the new Neighborhood Post Office/NIRSAL Microfinance bank branch, in Delta State and the Remodeled National Mail Exchange Centre (Mbiama), Ahoada West Local Government Area of River State executed by NIPOST

Two last two of the 11 commissioned projects were the Tertiary Institution Knowledge Centre (TIKC), Delta State and School Knowledge Centre (SKC) located at Government Day Secondary School, Hassan Central, Gombe State implemented by USPF.

Timothy Bamidele

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