The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has restated the Commission’s commitment to continually drive initiatives that will accelerate broadband deployment to increase penetration and make internet connection readily available to telecom consumers.
Danbatta stated this at the 10th edition of Business 360 Clinics organised by Abuja Enterprises Agency (AEA) in Abuja
Speaking on the theme of the event, “Technology Utilization and Innovation: Effects on SME Profitability and Productivity” in the context of the regulatory activities of the Commission, the EVC, noted that NCC has been at the heart of providing the digital drive for transforming businesses and sustaining socio-economic activities in Nigeria.
Danbatta who was represented by Assistant Director, Digital Economy, NCC Paul Okeke, also noted in the course of the panel session titled “Technology Adoption: A must for MSMEs Sustainability and Competitiveness (Challenges and Ease of Use),” the Commission’s commitment towards technological and digital transformation in a manner that makes entrepreneurship seamless.
He also revealed that NCC was in strategic partnership with various organisations including Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) on the issue of cyber security.
He listed some of the initiatives such as Digital Economy Academy where business owners learn about security risks and online threats in a 12-course programme for 3 months.
“As a regulator of Telecommunication, the Commission is in active collaboration with other agencies in the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, as well as with other public sector institutions such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to ensure that policies become effective in curtailing cyber-attacks and threats on businesses,” Okeke stated.
He also urged entrepreneurs to leverage technology to harness the benefits of these initiatives to sustain their businesses.