Danbatta: NCC open to innovation, partnership for development


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has expressed readiness to innovate through the strategic collaboration for human capital development.

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, said that the commission would always be open to ideas, innovations, and meaningful collaboration with strategic institutions for the country’s development.

Danbatta made this statement while addressing the management of Nile University of Nigeria, who visited the NCC’s Head Office in Abuja.

The university had requested the courtesy visit principally to seek areas of collaboration with the commission towards enhancing knowledge creation in the country.

NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, stated that one of the cardinal pillars underpinning the commission’s Strategic Management Plan “is a strategic partnership with stakeholders, through mutually-sustainable collaborations.”

According to Danbatta, who was represented by the Director, Human Capital and Administration at NCC, Usman Malah, as different sectors of the nation’s economy struggle to overcome the temporary challenges occasioned by the Coronavirus Disease, the commission will continue to build the necessary relationships and institute measures that will enhance the performance of critical stakeholders in different sectors of the country’s economy.

“The commission will remain fully committed to ensuring synergy, through its strategic collaborations with relevant stakeholders, such as the Nile University of Nigeria, to ensure that the overall socio-economic development objectives of the Federal Government of Nigeria are met,” Danbatta said.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of Nile University, Prof. Osman Aras, who led the delegation, had said the institution was seeking Public-Private Partnership and synergy with NCC, as it had done with other government institutions, to enhance human capital development in the country.

Aras said the university would like to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NCC in the future to improve academic curriculum, promote student internship and mentorship, organise joint workshops, among others.

“As a private university with limited resources, we believe we need to work together because without synergy with public institutions and critical stakeholders such as NCC, we would not be able to achieve our goal of producing highly-skilled labour required for Nigeria’s rapid economic development,” he said.

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