NCC partners varsities to address challenges in telecoms sector
The Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC) has commenced engagement with Nigerian tertiary institutions, especially the university system in the area of research in order to address the rising challenges in the telecommunication sector.
To this end, the commission has inaugurated the 2016 reconstituted inter-agency Committee of Professionals for the evaluation of telecoms based research submissions in the country.
Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Dambatta, who disclosed this at the inauguration of the committee in Abuja, said the commission considered the synergy with the Nigeria educational system as crucial as most of the ongoing research works in the tertiary institutions were expected to address challenges associated with quality of service in the industry.
He observed that if the commission could translate some of the research outputs into solutions, “even if it is going to be pilot scheme, tests its efficacy towards solving some of these problems that are manifesting in the telecom industry, they will succeed in improving telecommunication services to all Nigerians.
‘‘The importance of synergy between NCC and the Nigeria educational system especially the Nigeria university system is that a lot of research is going on in the tertiary institutions, especially the universities, and most of these research outputs are very relevant to addressing challenges in the telecom industry, particularly challenges associated with quality of service. We are of the opinion that if we can translate some of these research outputs, even if it is going to be pilot scheme, test its efficacy towards solving some of these problems that are manifesting in the telecom industry, we will succeed in improving telecommunication services to all Nigerians.”
According to him, the engagement started about four years ago and the continuation of this engagement is attesting to the commitment of the commission to tap the wealth of experience, especially in the area of research in the universities and bring this to bear in the solution of problems in the telecommunication sector.
He observed that the commission had before the inauguration received about 56 research proposals in the diverse area of telecommunications engineering and the committee.
He charged the newly inaugurated committee to assess the proposals and come up with those that will improve services in the telecommunication industry for funding.
He also urged the committee to be dispassionate and fair in its assessment, constituent with the present administration’s desire to further develop and deepen the technological trajectory of the Nigerian telecommunication industry, in line with his eight point agenda, specifically the fourth and fifth items of that agenda.
According to him, the aim is to promote ICT innovation and investment opportunities and facilitate strategic collaborations and partnership with relevant stakeholders to foster ICT for sustainable economic development and social advancement.