The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has commended the Swedish government and Ericsson for their sustained partnership in capacity building, which has strengthened the commission’s regulatory activities.
The NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, made the commendation at a workshop jointly organised by the NCC and its Swedish partners within the framework of the Swedish Programme for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Developing and Emerging Regions (SPIDER).
Danbatta said the partnership has helped the NCC to make significant strides in the field of ICT, and has positioned the commission as a leading regulator in the West African sub-region.
He also acknowledged the role of the Swedish government and SPIDER in improving access to healthcare, education, income generation, and employment opportunities in West Africa, thereby contributing to poverty reduction.
The Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroun, and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mrs. Annika Hahn, also spoke at the workshop. She highlighted the significance of ICT regulation and capacity building as key drivers for economic development and social progress.
Hahn said the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of ICT across the globe, and that this has created a need for modern and adaptable regulation. She stressed the importance of human capacity building in ICT regulation and called for collaboration between all stakeholders to share knowledge and upskill human resources.
The workshop was attended by representatives from the NCC, the Swedish government, Ericsson, and other stakeholders from the ICT sector.
The workshop was part of a series of activities organized by the NCC in collaboration with its Swedish partners to promote ICT development in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.
The activities are in line with the NCC’s 8-Point Agenda, which aims to promote a sustainable and inclusive ICT ecosystem in Nigeria.