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NCC to promote indigenous ICT with research funding

L-R: Olusola Teniola, President, Association of Telecommunications Campanies of Nigeria; Dr. Fumilayo Morebise, Director, Research Planning and Administration, National Universities Commission; Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission; and others, at the inauguration of the Evaluation Committee in Abuja

Chief executive officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta has inaugurated a 15-member committee for the assessment of 2020 telecommunications research from academics in tertiary institutions.

The Committee is to be chaired by a professor of computer and control engineering, Muazu Bashir, who is also the Head of Computer Engineering Department at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Speaking during the inauguration, Professor Danbatta said the initiative would encourage the development of indigenous innovative solutions to the telecom industry and ICT sector.

We want to continuously support research projects that can lead to the development of new products and service as the key enabler of the nation’s digital economy. We are all aware of the appreciable contributions of the Telecommunication sector to the growth of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the years, which peaked at 14.53 per cent in second quarter of 2020,” he said.

According to him, for the year 2020, request for proposals was tailored to solve challenges in five emerging areas of technology. These include innovative clean energy technology; 5G deployment; Internet of Things (IoT), low power Wide Area Network (WAN) technology; advanced methods of Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) management and test mechanism as well as monitoring and localisation of drones.

Danbatta tasked members of the Committee to thoroughly evaluate all submissions and to submit a report within four (4) weeks.

CHIOMA EZIKE

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