Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it is currently visiting several tech startups in the 6 geopolitical zones as they aim to improve innovative local contents.
Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, NCC disclosed this at the forum of “Emerging Technologies Research and ICT Innovation” put together by the commission.
The theme was ”Developing Nigeria’s Tech Eco-System: Imperative for improving Local Content”.
Prof Danbatta who was represented by Mrs R Yetunde Akinkoye revealed that these visits were to discover the upliftment and problems of the tech startups.
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He shared that this step was necessary because the NCC hopes to aid the encouragement of tech entrepreneurship in ICT.
His words, “We intend to assist the various tech hubs with the right regulatory intervention to ease their operations.”
“It is a fact that finding local solutions to the challenges of the industry is a key policy of the present administration.“We acknowledged that the University of Lagos has been one of the prominent tertiary institutions at the forefront of technology innovation, not only in Lagos State but in the country.”
“Lagos State in itself has been the ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Nigeria and has the largest concentration of technology hub ecosystem in Africa.”
He said the ICT Innovation Forum became vital to enhance local content with the focus being, technology ecosystem, discovering the needs that are yet to be addressed and aiding Public-Private Partnership (PPP).
Prof Danbatta said with pressure globalisation becoming intense, all governments, including captains of industries, have been tasked with the responsibility of making sure competitive and proper local content exists.
He also pointed out that it was important that the best framework is worked on to improve how indigenous companies will be able to take advantage of local opportunities and also remain relevant worldwide.
His said, “Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have developed infrastructure to support voice services and access to data.
“However, it has become expedient for the MNOs to unlock new services and sources of value generation and revenue streams in their operations.
“It has become necessary to innovate on how to access segments of the consumer wallets not presently allocated to communication by providing solutions to consumer needs in other vertical areas of education, health, government services, among others, made available through telecommunications
“We have to be innovative to make different aspects of our lives work.”
Director, Research & Development, NCC, Ephraim Nwokotechno also said the tech hubs could pass as a community that unites talented youths to indulge in innovation. He feels the tech hubs are a platform where those with ideas can come together to end the problems via clusters and also play a role in the infrastructure of the society, which will then make the communities prosper.
Ephraim said, “This forum, therefore, targets participation by a broad spectrum of stakeholders to foster collaboration and value creation partnership among stakeholders.
“It is common knowledge that the world’s best-known tech hub is the Silicon Valley in the United States of America.
‘“The world‘s renowned technology entities such as Apple, Facebook, Netflix, Intel, founded by creative young innovators are located in the Silicon Valley.”