Sunday August 07, 2022

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The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, said that Nigeria’s broadband penetration, according to the ITU/UNESCO policy forum, is currently at 22%, indicating that the minimum target to reach 20% by 2017 was met.

The EVC, at a session with journalists recently, explained that the minimum and maximum targets set were 20% and 30% respectively. Professor Danbatta further stated that the International Telecommunications Union/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization policy forum would release the latest broadband penetration figures by September 2018.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on regulation of lottery activities on telecommunications platforms.

The two commissions reviewed the existing MoU to accommodate trends in the industry to streamline the strategies needed to ensure the implementation of the MoU.

The organizers of the African Achievers Awards presented the African Organization of the Year 2018 Award to the Nigerian Communications Commission recently. The award ceremony was held on July 5th at the United Kingdom House of Parliament in London, with a focus on girls right to education in Africa.
While presenting the award to Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC/CEO NCC in Abuja, Tonye Rex Idaminabo, Principal Partner, African Achievers Awards, said the NCC has been very influential to the growth of the telecommunications sector in Nigeria and has contributed to the improvements in education through ICT.

A team comprising Barnea Hassid, Director Africa Department II, West and Central Africa, Nadav D. Goren, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel Abuja and Florence Osuji, Senior Economic Officer, Embassy of Israel Visits Professor U. G Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman/ CEO of Nigerian Communications Commission.

In his opening remarks, Hassid informed the EVC that they have come to discuss areas of collaboration and interest to the Commission, importantly cybersecurity and how to address issues of cyber crimes which results from convergence of Internet devices, hacking of online financial transactions and channels of electronic transactions, online impersonation and terrorism which utilizes internet to connect members globally.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) he;d a national stakeholders forum on ‘’Optimizing the Benefits of Telecoms Infrastructure in Nigeria’’ on July 17th 2018 at the NAF Conference Center and Suites, Abuja. The aim of the forum was to provide interactive practicable dialogue of ideas that will deepen the social and economic benefits of a sane telecom environment and equally proffer solutions to the challenges of Right of Way and Multiple taxation to the industry.