The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has restated its commitment to promoting initiatives that facilitate the deployment of broadband to enhance penetration and offer easy access to the internet for telecom consumers.
During the 10th edition of Business 360 Clinics in Abuja, the executive vice chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta affirmed the commission’s role in delivering digital transformation to enhance businesses and maintain socioeconomic activities in Nigeria.
The event’s theme, “Technology Utilisation and Innovation: Effects on SME Profitability and Productivity,” served as a platform for discussion on the commission’s regulatory activities.
The NCC’s assistant director of digital economy, Paul Okeke, who represented the EVC, stressed the commission’s commitment to promoting technological and digital transformation that would simplify entrepreneurship.
Okeke stated that NCC’s strategic alliances with several organisations, such as the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), have resulted in initiatives like the Digital Economy Academy, which trains business owners on security risks and online threats for three months in a 12-course programme.
Okeke also urged entrepreneurs to leverage technology to harness the benefits of the initiative to maintain their businesses’ sustainability. The Commission, as a regulator of telecommunications, works in partnership with other agencies in the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and other public sector institutions like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to ensure effective implementation of policies that curb cyber-attacks and threats on businesses.
“The telecommunications commission,” he said, “collaborates with other agencies in the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy and public sector institutions like EFCC and ONSA to effectively implement policies against cyber-attacks and threats on businesses”.
According to the NCC’s director of public affairs, Reuben Muoka the participants and business owners used the platform to report complaints and tackle their business-related challenges while using technology for their businesses during the interactive session. Representatives of relevant agencies also seized the opportunity to attend to enquiries from business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.