The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has affirmed it will participate in the upcoming 2022 Kaduna International Trade Fair organised by the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA).
The NCC executive vice chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, made this known when he received a delegation from the chamber, led by the chamber’s first deputy president, Ishaya Idi at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
The 43rd edition of the Kaduna International Trade Fair, themed “Strategising Nigeria’s Economy for Global Competitiveness”, is scheduled to hold from February 25 to March 6, 2022, in Kaduna.
Danbatta assured the chamber of the commission’s continuous support and partnership, because the chamber’s initiatives, programmes and activities are purposively targeted at enhancing Nigeria’s growth and socio-economic development.
Speaking through the executive commissioner, stakeholder management, NCC, Adeleke Adewolu who received the KADCCIMA delegation, Danbatta recalled the NCC’s long-standing relationship with institutional organisers of trade fairs in Nigeria. He said the commission has had a long history of strategic partnership and collaboration with the KADCCIMA and its counterparts across the country.
He said the NCC values the relationship exceedingly because trade fairs –particularly, the ‘NCC Day’ segment at trade fairs – have served as good platforms for the commission to engage, inform and educate telecom consumers, in keeping with its mandate as stipulated in the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003.
Danbatta observed that the theme of this year’s trade fair resonates with one of the underpinnings of the commission’s Strategic Vision Implementation Plan (SVP) and Strategic Management Plan (SMP), which seek to provide a level-playing field in its regulation, to promote competition among operators in the Nigerian telecoms industry.
“Therefore, the commission’s participation at the 43rd Kaduna International Trade Fair has become even more auspicious, as telecoms increasingly become a critical part of private and business operations, as well as a major contributor to the national economy,” he emphasised.
Danbatta thanked the chamber for being mindful of the commission’s strides and for recognising its achievements in the area of transforming Nigeria’s economy through the application of information and communication technology (ICT). He congratulated the new leadership of the chamber and urged all its members to continue to seek ways to reposition the chamber for greater accomplishments.
Earlier in his remarks, Idi intimated the NCC management of the purpose of the delegation’s visit, saying it appreciates the commission’s consistent and impressive participation in the fair and, more importantly, to commend NCC’s superlative performance in facilitating Nigeria’s emerging digital culture.
Idi, who was palpably excited about the NCC’s pledge to participate, continuous collaboration and partnership, also informed the meeting that the 2022 edition of the fair will be significant because President Buhari has confirmed his presence.