A book chronicling the thoughts and ideas of Nigeria’s telecoms regulatory chief on fostering a growth-oriented telecoms industry is to be launched on September 7.
The book titled “Catalysing Nigeria’s Socio-Economic Transformation through Broadband Infrastructure,” compiles carefully selected seminal speeches and presentations of Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
The book launch, scheduled to hold at the Communications & Digital Economy Complex, Mbora in Abuja at 10:00 a.m. will also feature the unveiling of two other strategic initiatives of NCC, according to Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC Director of Public Affairs.
According to Adinde, the historic launch of the compendium of landmark speeches and presentations of Danbatta touched on all strategic areas of the nation’s telecoms industry development and the entire digital economy ecosystem, since his assumption of office as the EVC/CEO of NCC in August, 2015.
Danbatta: Thoughts add to body of ICT knowledge, Adinde says
Danbatta, “a Professor of telecommunications engineering, accomplished academic, and a seasoned administrator has made extensive speeches and presentations on a wide range of subjects in telecoms and ICT at important national, regional, and international events since leaving the ivory tower to become the EVC of NCC in 2015.
“His landmark speeches and presentations from 2015 till date have, thus, been codified in a concise collection, as a compendium, providing useful information that will significantly add value to the existing body of knowledge in the telecoms sector, and by extension, the entire Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry”, Adinde says.
He adds that “the foreword to the book has been painstakingly written by the late former Chairman, Board of Commissioners of NCC, Alh. Ahmed Joda of blessed memory. The book will serve as useful reference material not only for existing and prospective investors in the sector but also for researchers in academia as well as policy analysts and others interested in any aspects of the telecom industry and regulation. The book which also chronicles important milestones attained by the Commission under Danbatta’s leadership is a compelling read.”
Other strategic projects to be unveiled by the Commission alongside the compendium are the NCC’s new five-year Strategic Vision Plan (SVP) 2021-2025 and the Commission’s new social media channel, the NCC’s Global Connect Podcast.
“The new SVP will enable cross-functional infrastructure, ubiquitous services and deepen consumer engagement to consolidate the growth of the telecoms sector and expand the possibilities of the digital economy”, according to Adinde.
He says that the need to develop another SVP, as a five-year implementation roadmap for the Commission, followed the expiration, in 2020, of the first SVP unveiled by Danbatta in 2016.
“It has been widely acknowledged that the diligent execution of the first SVP initiative, under Danbatta, has helped to consistently lift broadband penetration, increase telephone access, boost the sector’s contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), enhance healthy competition in the industry, improve quality of service (QoS), as well as put the sector’s overall investment profile on an impressive growth trajectory, among others”, he adds.
The ‘NCC Global Connect,” podcast is the third initiative enlisted for unveiling during the launch. The latest addition to the NCC social media spectrum will help in enhancing the Commission’s corporate communication activities within the online space.
Adinde says the podcast initiative was conceived in keeping with NCC’s core values of innovation and excellence;. “It adds to the existing media channels, providing an inclusive medium to broaden our media platforms to educate external stakeholders on its regulatory activities irrespective of their circumstances, through audio contents.”