The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has identified Sweden as central to the country’s ICT capacity development and improved broadband penetration.
As a result, the commission wishes to leverage its 2020 capacity development agenda on the competencies of some of the technology initiatives in Sweden.
It therefore invited the Swedish Ambassador to ECOWAS, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria, Mr. Carl Grans at NCC Head Office to discuss how Sweden can enhance Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capacity development and broadband penetration in Nigeria.
NCC says the meeting was in line with the Commission’s 8-Point Agenda, particularly the area that focuses on Strategic Collaborations and Partnership towards accelerating digital access and skills development in the country.
Receiving the Ambassador and his team, EVC of NCC Prof. Umar Danbatta, said the Commission, has assessed the offer for capacity development and focus of the Swedish Programme for ICT Development in Emerging Regions (SPIDER), and feels it could help Nigeria’s ICT goals.
SPIDER is a dedicated programme instituted to provide capacity building in emerging markets.
Danbatta recalled that Swedish Nigeria partnership on such issues is not new, recollecting that the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) had earlier trained some Nigerians even as he expressed optimism that this current partnership will further build capabilities of Nigerians on ICT and increase human resources in the ICT sector towards deepening broadband penetration.
The partnership is expected to start with agencies in the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMoCDE) through a train-the-trainer arrangement.
Responding, Ambassador Grans said: “5G technology and Internet of Things (IoT) 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”.
L-R: Senior Officer, Public Affairs Department, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Hamzat Shuni; Principal manager, Special Duties, NCC, Ibrahim Galadima; Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), NCC, Usman Malah; Swedish Ambassador to Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) – Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria, Mr. Carl Grans; EVC/CEO, NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta; Director, Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson, Mr. Peter Ogundele; Deputy Director, Special Duties, NCC, Mr. Chukwuma Azikiwe; and Assistant Director, Special Duties, NCC, Mr. Babagana Digima during the visit of the Swedish Ambassador to the Commission.
He acknowledged that Nigeria is ready for the digital revolution considering the approval given to conduct 5G tests recently.