November 20, 2017

NCC will use university research to tackle telecoms problems in Nigeria – Umar Danbatta

Paul AdepojuSep 15, 20172min

Umar Garba Danbatta, executive director of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has announced the regulator has approached academic institutions in Nigeria with the aim of finding solutions to the problems that are being faced in the country’s telecommunications sector.

According to him, this move follows the beneficial impacts that the research carried out by the academic community has had on the improvement of several social areas in western countries.

Danbatta added that universities have agreed to work with the Commission on this program which he said is vital for the telecommunications industry.

He said, “Finding local solutions to the challenges of industry is a policy that is very dear to us, and this is very much in line with the Buhari administration’s vision for Nigerians to find lasting solutions to the challenges to which the country is confronted. Our choice was to deliberately utilize the ability of university residents to redirect them to research activities that could have an impact on businesses and society, for the development of new products and services for all industry.”

He said the NCC will explore all available means necessary to preserve and develop the country’s telecoms industry.

Which university do you think has the most potential to contribute sound, practical solutions?

Paul Adepoju

Paul ADEPOJU is a Nigerian freelance journalist, managing editor, blogger and published writer (3 books already). He has vast experience working with various media organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe and America. He covers stories on various genres and for various audiences. He is the managing editor of which is Africa’s leading health news website; he also manages, a city blog that focuses on happenings in his home town of Ibadan, southwest Nigeria. He has won several awards including Nigeria’s Vanguard Newspaper’s Young Nigerian Making The Difference award; a certificate of recognition from UNESCO and Goi Peace Institute in Japan; a finalist at the International Press Institute’s Young Nigerian Journalist of the Year award; and was the only African finalist in the NetImpact/FedEx Global Access Essay Competition.

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