ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) have established a joint committee to spearhead development efforts for the sector.
This was a major outcome of the interactions between the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, and Acting Director General of NITDA, Dr Vincent Olagunju at the NCC headquarters in Abuja.
Both agencies agreed that a new era of interagency collaboration, especially within the sister ICT agencies would bring about desirable
results, in line with global best practices.
The Joint committee, chaired by Dr. Agu Collins Agu, a director at NITDA, is expected to provide detailed areas of collaboration and terms of reference, which will be initialed by the two organizations in due course.
Danbatta charged the committee members to work assiduously to ensure that the objective of the collaboration is realized.
“We must concentrate on those things that we know that with the right investments and involvement of our human capital resources, we would realize things that we can show the world about the giant strides that are being made in this country, especially in the area of Information and Communications Technology,” Danbatta said.
He said the mandates of the two entities were to ensure pervasive penetration of ICTs.
“What we are looking at is the progress we are steadily making by the day to ensure we reach the destination of what we call a networked society, a society that is e-driven, a society that is ICT driven, as well as a society that will be relying on the power and leveraging on ICT to conduct all kinds of businesses,” Danbatta he said.
Olatunji, said there should be no rivalry in ways that the two organizations but a common vision.
“The information technology sub-sector, and the telecom sector, already work together now in their operations. If those of us at the helm of affairs that are driving the industry do not work together, we will not go far,” Olatunji said.
– CAJ News