L-r: Chairman of FIRS, Dr Babatunde Fowler; CEO of MainOne, Funke Opeke; Special Adviser to President on Political Affairs, Senator Babajide Ojudu; EVC of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta; Chairman of NCC, Senator Olabiyi Durujaiye and former Minister of Communications Technology, Dr. Mrs. Omobola Johnson, at the Nigerian Telecom Leadership Summit…today.Speaking during the welcome address at the maiden edition of the Nigerian Telecom Leadership Summit by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Garba Danbatta said that this is an event that epitomizes our desire, and commitment to collaboration and consultation which are very crucial for a successful regulatory regime.
The theme of the 2019 Edition of this Summit is: Repositioning the Nigerian Telecom Industry for the future; Prospects and Challenges.
Prof Danbatta in his words said, the Leadership of the Nigerian Communications Commission has taken a deep and predictive look at the financial health of our industry, and the aspiration of Nigeria in the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution; the potentials of emerging technologies, the global movement, and demand for expanded frointiers of availability, accessibility and affordability of all the ICT drivers and enablers of economic growth, like broadband infrastructure and services; the dynamism of growth, among other things, and reached a conclusion that investments are very critical for our future growth.
The maiden edition of the Nigerian Telecom Leadership Summit (NTLS) 2019 at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos which witness a large gathering of stakeholders and consumers of the telecom industry in Nigeria.
According to the organizer, NCC this Summit, recently imitated by the Commission, is designed to bring together, the topmost leadership in all segments of the Nigerian Telecommunications industry, to appraise the performance of the industry, share experiences, and project into the future. Essentially, the objective is to equip the regulator, and its key stakeholders, and indeed the entire industry, to prioritise and focus on more effective performance, in the interest of the industry and our dear nation, Nigeria.
The EVC noted that in our consultative regulatory process, we consider shared experiences, and shared vision as the best approach to equip us with the tools to continuously reposition towards the course of effective regulation
He urged for more investments given that industry is very capital intensive, with the competition for Foreign Direct Investments, becoming fiercer among different nations. We believe those investment opportunities; challenges and prospects would form a critical part of our discussions at this summit, he added.
“But we are not unware of the daunting tasks a head. this is why we consider consultations with the stakeholders as critical success factor in our regulatory mandate. We have engaged the governors forum, collectively and individually, to address some of our challenges, in the areas of multiple taxation, regulations and right of way. We are eagerly looking forward to the review of the ‘Resolution of the National Economic Council on the ‘Right of Way” issues as it concerns clearing impediments of deployment of telecom infrastructure across the country.
“We are also ware of several emerging technologies, which may continue to drive innovations and investments. It is our commitment to follow the trends of these developments so as to leverage on the best regulatory approaches to optimise their potentials for benefits of Nigeria.