The Institute’s Director of Research Estimates and Library Services, Dr. Adegboyega Karim, who spoke when he a visited the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta in Abuja, said he was on wht he called “a fact-finding mission” to enrich ongoing research that focuses on globalization and regional integration for sustainable development in Africa.
Dr. Karim, who led a team of Executive Intelligence Management Course Sixteen Participants (EIM16), a study group with representations from various security agencies under the auspices of NISS, said that the Commission has made giant strides advancing the course of digital economy development in Nigeria
He said that the Commission’s regulatory processes provide a good opportunity for the collaboration to enable the group to research further into matters regarding telecommunications and national security.
Director of Special Duties in the Commission, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, who received the team on behalf of Professor Danbatta, affirmed the readiness of the Commission to collaborate with the Institute, and, indeed, any private and public institution that is focused on national development.
He reiterated the advancements made in ICTs, adding that it is within this context that the Commission continued to promote the deployment of robust digital infrastructure capable of supporting and improving the security of lives and property.
“As a way of consolidating on the tremendous successes that had been recorded in the telecoms industry through effective regulatory regime emplaced by the Commission, the Federal Government has formulated a number of policies such as the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP) and the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), among others, which serve as a compass for our efforts at building a resilient digital economy that supports security.”
Dr. Adinde enumerated NCC’s efforts towards ensuring adequate protection for telecoms facilities, across the nooks and crannies of the country where it is treated as Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), the building of Emergency Communications Centres (ECCs) across states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as well as series of collaborations with relevant agencies to ensure effective connectivity to individuals and institutions.
The NCC Director of Public Affairs of the NCC, Reuben Muoka, said that senior officers in security agencies, including the military, police, intelligence services, and other relevant agencies made up the entourage of the Institute’s visitors.