NCC, LBS Mull Collaboration On Capacity Building

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The executive commissioner, stakeholder management, Nigerian Communications Commission, Adeleke Adewolu (fourth from right) and the director, executive education, Lagos Business School, Victor Banji flanked by officials of both organisations when the school management paid a courtesy call on the commission in Abuja.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Lagos Business School of Pan-Atlantic University are considering forging a partnership that will result in developing customised capacity-building interventions and overhauling existing training courses offered by the LBS to address critical areas of needs of the commission’s human capital development.

The executive vice chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, emphasised the imperative of such collaboration when a delegation from the LBS led by the school’s director, executive education, Victor Banji, to the commission’s head office in Abuja recently.

The EVC spoke through NCC’s executive commissioner, stakeholder management, Adeleke Adewolu, who received the LBS delegation (alongside other senior management staff of the commission) on behalf of the EVC.

Addressing the visiting team, Adewolu said NCC constantly engages in staff training as part of its strategy to build managerial and technical skills required to manage the ever-dynamic telecoms regulatory environment in Nigeria.

Adewolu said while the LBS has been one of the NCC’s training partners over the years and currently provides capacity-building for staff of the commission, it has become necessary to expand the training scope by ensuring that other customised programmes that target specific needs of the commission’s human capital are designed by the school in collaboration with NCC team to meet strategic objectives and enhance the relationship of the two organisations.

Among the areas of interest to the commission are courses on performance appraisal management, policy formulation and execution, risk management, technical report writing, telecoms-related training, tariff and competition management, as well as basic training on policy formulation and implementation, social media training, audio-visual editing, among others.

“I thank the LBS for its collaboration with NCC over the years in human capital development. However, we expect that LBS will work with NCC to see how we can collectively overhaul the existing courses and bring new courses to NCC’s attention which we would, in turn, subject to our training need analysis (TNA). This may result in a review of ur existing memorandum of understanding (MoU) towards making our relationship much stronger and more mutually beneficial,” Adewolu said.

The executive commissioner also explained that though NCC is a regulatory agency, it has seen the need for indigenous digital skills development in Nigeria, and that explained the creation of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) by the commission to meet the human capital needs of the burgeoning ICT sector.

According to Adewolu, other areas of focus in meeting the educational needs of the sector, include indigenous digital skills development, sponsoring of a hackathon, provision of research grants to the academia, endowment of professorial chairs in universities and the acceleration of digital infrastructure deployment across the country to boost digital literacy and skills for Nigeria’s socio-economic development.

Speaking earlier on the purpose of the visit to the commission, Banji of LBS, said the business school wishes to serve as a strategic capacity development partner to NCC for its teeming staff, revisit LBS’s existing MoU for necessary enhancements, offer corporate governance, board leadership and management development programmes to enhance corporate effectiveness.

“As the commission responsible for creating an enabling environment for telecom operators and allied stakeholders in the industry, as well as ensuring the provision of qualitative and efficient telecommunications services throughout the country, NCC has earned a reputation as a foremost telecom regulatory agency in Africa,” Banji said.

In addition, the LBS executive stated that while his organisation will continue to play a prominent role in building leaders with integrity for Nigeria, Africa and the world, it also believes that with effective directors and leaders in a public sector organisation such as the NCC, Nigeria will be managed more efficiently for greater value and sustainable growth.  

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