NCC Restates Commitment to Local Content Development

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has highlighted the critical role of local content development in driving economic recovery and growth in the telecommunications sector. Dr Aminu Maida, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, NCC disclosed this at the 45th Kaduna International Trade Fair, in Kaduna.

Dr. Maida in his speech noted that the theme of the fair, “Sustaining Economic Recovery through Deepening Local Content Value Chain,” aligns closely with and resonates deeply with the principles and objectives of the NCC on the promotion of local content development in the telecoms industry. As a regulatory authority overseeing telecommunication services in Nigeria, the NCC is committed to creating a dynamic regulatory environment that ensures universal access to affordable services and supports economic growth.

In his words: “The Commission is fully committed to the advancement of local content and the overall development of the Nigerian economy. We recognize the importance of deepening the local content value chain as a critical driver for economic sustainability and growth.” “The NCC remains dedicated to fostering an enabling environment for the telecommunications industry, where local content and innovation can thrive as this is one of the most critical thrusts of the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy,” he added.

Dr Maida emphasized the fact that a robust local content value chain will not only create economic opportunities but also contribute to technological advancement, job creation, and skills development within the country.

He revealed that in line with the commission’s commitment to supporting local content, the NCC has implemented various initiatives to promote indigenous participation in the telecommunications sector. “The Nigerian Office for Development of Indigenous Telecommunications Sector (NODITS), a critical unit in our Digital Economy Department and our Research and Development Department, encourages local manufacturing and assembly of telecommunications equipment, promotes local software development, and supports initiatives aimed at enhancing digital skills and entrepreneurship among Nigerian youth,” he stated.

According to Dr Maida, “The Commission has sponsored several Hackathons to encourage and promote Nigerian innovators expanding the frontiers of the Digital Economy. In 2023, three winners emerged in three critical thematic areas of innovations; Blockchain-enabled Data Protection Solutions for Enhancing Regulatory Compliance; Assistive Technology Solutions for the Elderly and People with Disabilities and Technology Solutions for Renewable Energy in Rural Areas.”

Furthermore, the NCC has continued to prioritize consumer protection and empowerment, ensuring that consumers have access to high-quality telecommunications services and are well-informed about their rights and responsibilities. We believe that an empowered consumer base is essential for driving demand and sustaining the growth of the local content value chain.

He urged the participants in this trade fair, including telecommunications operators, equipment manufacturers, software developers, and consumers, to embrace the ethos of promoting local content. By working together, he noted that Nigeria can create a more vibrant and inclusive telecommunications industry that contributes significantly to Nigeria’s economic recovery and growth.