The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has expressed its readiness to support the academia in the pursuit of research and innovation that are ICT inclined.
The Commission has also channeled funds to various universities to encourage advanced innovation in the country at large.
According to Guardian Newspaper, Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, made this known in Lagos durinf the 2nd roundtable with Academia, industry and other stakeholders for the South West Region.
The event which lasted for two days was held at the Tayo Aderinokun Hall, University of Lagos (UNILAG) and had about one hundred participants in attendance majorly from the academia.
The participants deliberated on different and possible measures that can facilitate research developments in Nigeria at large.
The NCC Boss, who was represented by Ubale Maska, Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, said the Commission had partnered with several universities to boost research and development in innovation.
“The advancement of technology across several spheres of human endeavor had created new industries, opportunities, new knowledge areas and challenges, and has increased the speed at which alignment between the different stakeholders in the economy takes place to ensure no aspect of development is left lagging.
“Innovation is seen as a way to breakout from the old and embrace the new technologies. ‘Innovate or Die’ is a slogan used by many business enterprises. To survive, the industry needs to embrace innovation.
“Innovation to telecommunication companies can be a linear machine to deliver what they deliver best. Every telecommunications provider will aspire to transform into that new agile future-looking telecommunication company.
“I am glad to say that our universities are making good progress in Information and Communication Technology research and development,” he stated.
Representing the Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Research, Prof. Oluwole Familoni commended NCC for recognizing the academia contributions to the industry growth and sustainability.
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