ITU lauds NCC on support for SMEs

OrderPaperToday – The Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Houlin Zhao, has commended the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for its support to Small and Mediums Enterprises (SMEs).

The Secretary General gave the commendation during a courtesy visit to the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta on Monday at the NCC headquarters in Abuja.

According to Zhao, “If we talk about African Development and there is no Nigeria, I can’t imagine it. Over recent years, Nigeria has given a lot of support to the International Telecommunication Union.

“Up on till, 2014, we always focus our telecom events on operators services, but I noticed that operators situations have changed, it is no longer monopolized services, it is not government controlled services, in most countries, operators are not National operators but international operators.

“We have to change our our ITU priorities, we try to focus on our ICT SMEs, we have been able to create platform for SMEs to have international contacts.

“In our business, we have a lot of opportunities to work with a lot of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises and the governments have the responsiblity to support them, and SMEs have a lot of abilities to innovate and they are very important to our future, while other countries have not done much, Nigeria has taken leadership position on this matter,” he said.

Also speaking at the event, Andrew Rugege, Director Africa Region, ITU praised Nigeria’s leadership role in the region, and singled out DNI center in Nigeria for being the best in Africa.

In his reaction, Prof. Danbatta reiterated the commitment of the NCC to the development of telecommunication in sub-Saharan Africa as he promised the ITU of support of the NCC.

Speaking on the controversial OTT, Danbatta stated that even though the OTT has numerous economic advantage, he noted that the security risk posed by OTT would be careful mitigated by the NCC and the government.

he said: “OTT stimulate investment in infrastructure, generates employment and monetizable data, on the other hand, there is the danger; inflammatory and bigotry statements made anonymously. It is a problem to an extent that the government has decided to put policy out that would curb this.

“We will like people to express their views and participate in governance about the direction of the country, I know a middle ground would be found to allow Nigerians to have a say” he stated 


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Author: Bakare Majeed