OrderPaperToday – The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has revealed plans to collaborate with Swedish government in its bid enhance ICT capacity development, digital inclusion, and broadband penetration in Nigeria.

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, made the revelation on Thursday while hosting the Swedish ambassador to ECOWAS, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria, Mr. Carl Grans, at NCC’s head office in Abuja.

The event was in line with the commission’s 8-point agenda, one of which focuses on strategic collaborations and partnership towards accelerating digital access and skills development in the country.

While receiving the ambassador and team, the EVC disclosed that the meeting was based on NCC’s assessment of the offer for capacity development and focus of the Swedish Programme for ICT Development in Emerging Regions (SPIDER), a dedicated programme instituted to provide capacity building in emerging economies.

Danbatta, who acknowledged that the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) had earlier trained some Nigerians, added that further collaboration to build capabilities of Nigerians on ICT will increase human resources and capacity in the digital sector and improve broadband penetration.

“We hope that the embassy will continue to facilitate this kind of intervention to NCC and other agencies of government in Nigeria and Africa, and we also hope to benefit from the wealth of experience especially of Sweden, being a leading broadband market,” he said.

While thanking the Swedish government for the capacity building programmes, the NCC boss  stressed that the Nigerian government is determined to rescue millions of Nigerians from poverty through ICT capacity development and digital skill acquisition.

In his response, Ambassador Carl Michael Grans noted that Nigeria is ready for digital revolution in view of the approval given to conduct 5G tests recently.

According to him, “5G technology and Internet of Things are crucial to transforming the industry and production in a way that can’t really be seen yet, but a digital revolution is really imminent worldwide”.

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Damilola Zebulun Adeniran
Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is a Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellow. He is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank Group. Also, Damilola's written work on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) Marketplace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.

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