Issue #25   •   Quarter 3/4 Edition   •   December 2018


All Hail Team Tech Vibes, Winner Of 2018 NCC Tennis League

Class and glamour were on parade as Team Tech Vibes featuring current men's champion, Joseph Imeh Thomas Otu, Adehi Ochei, Bala Musa, Aanu Aiyegbusi and Osareme Airhumwhunde recently at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Court defeated team Ofikwu 4- 0 to win the 2018 NCC Tennis League.

It was a colourful grand finale of raw guts and gusto which also was graced by dignitaries including the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung

Team Ofikwu comprising Sylvester Emmanuel, Christie Agugbom, Henry Atseye, Christian Paul, and Shehu Lawal could not reproduce the brilliant tennis that brought them to the final.

The setting was exquisite; the date was auspicious. December 14, 2018, inside the ornate and well-made up hall at Dabras Hotel, Abuja, the Nigerian Communications Commission rolled out the drums, twanged the guitar and blew the trumpet to celebrate some of its exceptional employees, long-serving members of staff and recent retirees at a sumptuous and entertaining dinner night. 

The event perfectly fitted into the festive season complete with all the dazzling colours and grandeur that usually mark the year-end. Employees of the commission and their families did not disappoint as they turned out daintily dressed. It was an evening to remember not just for its celebratory symbolism but also for providing an all hair down moment for staff and families to network, banter and exchange warm felicitations.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission, has placed  global losses in telecom due to call masking at $60 billion annually even as the regulator has come hard on perpetrators of the illicit act.

Danbatta said this in Abuja at the 86th edition of Telecom Consumer Parliament with the theme: “Overcoming Challenges of Call Masking/Refilling: Task Ahead for the Telecom Industry”.

Call masking is the act of concealing international calls coming into a country and presenting such calls as local in order to make profits from the difference in prices between local and international calls. It is illegal but it has continued to thrive globally.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), says the newly introduced national innovation diploma programmes by the Digital Bridge Institute would set the pace in ICT development as well as stimulate the economy.

Danbatta said this during the presentation of the Expert Group on the Development of Appropriate Blueprint/Curriculum for ICT Innovation Research Programmes in Nigeria.

The National Broadband Plan (NBP) (2013-2018) gave a marching order to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as the country’s regulator and several other agencies of government to raise the level of broadband penetration from the paltry 5% it was in 2013 to at least 30% by the end of 2018.

It seemed insurmountable despite several initiatives put in place by the NCC and other agencies involved in this task. While some had misgivings that this task was near impossible, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC)/CEO of the NCC was an incorrigible optimist.

Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), wants stakeholders in the telecommunication sector to put in place right polices to fast-track digital growth in Africa.

Danbatta made this call at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Digital Bridge Institute Regional Human Capacity Building Workshop in Abuja.

The three-day workshop has the theme: “Strengthening Capacity on Internet Governance in Africa”.

The following is excerpted from the keynote address by the Board Chairman, NCC, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye at the 2018 AfricaCom conference in Cape Town, South Africa on 13th November, 2018.

I am happy to be here today as a keynote speaker at the 21st Annual AfricaCom Conference to speak on the topic: "How policy makers and regulators can facilitate an information-based society in Sub Saharan Africa’’. With a large population and human capital potential, Sub Saharan Africa remains an emerging economy still playing catch up to dynamic trends of developed economies especially in the area of ICT, which is the backbone of digital/knowledge economy.