Local content:  NCC sets to promote tech ecosystem, entrepreneur, innovation

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By Idris Bakare

The Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) said it is set to promote and proffer solution to development of local content in the nation’s eco system.

The Executive Vice Chairman , Prof . Umar Danbatta, made this known recently in Lagos during a forum on “ Emerging Technologies Research and ICT Innovation ” organised by the commission.

He said the commission has commenced visitation to various technology startups across the six geopolitical zones toward boosting innovative local contents .

The theme of the forum was  “Developing Nigeria ’ s Tech Eco -System : Imperative for improving Local Content” .

Danbatta who was represented by Mrs. Yetunde Akinloye, NCC ’ s Director of Legal and Regulatory Services, said the commission has set to encourage tech entrepreneur and innovation in the ICT.

According to him, “The Commission in its effort to encourage tech entrepreneurship and innovation in the ICT sector has embarked on visitation to various tech startups across the six geo-political zones to assess their development and challenges.

“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 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 .”

Danbatta said that the ICT Innovation Forum became necessary to promote local content with emphasis on tech ecosystem, identifying unmet needs and facilitate Public Private Partnership (PPP).

In his words, “With the growing pressure of globalization, every government as well as captains of industries are charged with the burden of finding ways of ensure that we remain competitive and capable of fulfilling local demand.

“Not only that, but given the wide availability of information technology to serve markets the world over, it is imperative that the right frameworks be developed to enhance the ability of indigenous companies to maximally explore and exploit local opportunities, as well as remain globally competitive.”

Also speaking at the event, Director, Research & Development , NCC, Ephraim Nwokonneya, explained the eight point agenda of the commission in promoting ICT innovation.

He said commission through its Research and Development department, has taken keen interest in the development of tech hubs in the nation’s eco system.

Nwokonneya said tech hubs were spaces or incubators where people with ideas solve problems through clusters and become part of the economic infrastructure of the society and in turn bring prosperity to communities .

According to him, tech hub could be understood as a community, informal or otherwise, that brings together young talent to foster innovation.

“The world‘ s renowned technology entities such as Apple , Facebook , Netflix, Intel , founded by creative young innovators are located in the Silicon Valley.

“This forum , therefore , targets participation by a broad spectrum of stakeholders to foster collaboration and value creation partnership among stakeholders.

“Responsive government bodies, therefore, need to encourage tech hub to utilize their immense economic important in reducing unemployment and stimulating innovations, leading to digital inclusion, social and economic development in the society,” he said.

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