Danbatta entrusts NODITS with efficient updating of mandates

EVC, NCC, Prof. Umar-Danbatta.
 …Highlights management’s expectations 

By JOY ADARA, Abuja-

The Executive Vice President and General Manager (EVC / PDG) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, urged the Nigerian Indigenous Telecommunications Sector Development Bureau (NODITS) on the need to ensure effective delivery of its mandates with regard to the promotion of indigenous content in the telecommunications sector of the country.

Danbatta made the call in a keynote address at a two-day team-building and brainstorming session hosted by the NODITS team, which kicked off in Abuja on Thursday, November 25, 2021. The EVC said that the Bureau is very critical for the effective integration of content development in the country’s booming telecommunications sector.

NODITS is a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) designed to drive the creation and development of top quality Indigenous content in the telecommunications industry. The creation of NODITS on July 5, 2021 and its domicile within the Commission followed the signing of the National Policy for the Promotion of Indigenous Content in the Telecommunications Sector (NPPIC) by the President in March 2021.

Represented at the event by the Director of Human Capital and Administration, NCC, Usman Malah, Danbatta said that the development of NPPIC, facilitated by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Pantami , is primarily aimed at arousing the desire of the current administration and the NCC to ensure that indigenous people become more active participants in Nigeria’s telecommunications sector.

Speaking on management‘s expectations of NODITS, the EVC said that as an SPV under the remit of the Commission, NODITS should be involved in the development of new guidelines and regulations. framing native content, local manufacture of telecommunications equipment, outsourcing services, construction and rental of telecommunications conduits, succession planning in the telecommunications industry, among others.

He also implored the NODITS team to adhere to regulatory and ethical principles held in high esteem by NCC management. “The commitment of the Commission to maintain high standards, ethical conduct and superior performance is a top management priority, therefore by extension, NODITS should reflect established values, guiding principles, strategic conscience and good will associated with the NCC, “he said.

In addition, the EVC said that NODITS would be involved in working with various stakeholders to reduce capital flight, as local manufacturers would be encouraged to participate in the design and manufacture of the devices. This vision will also ensure that the workforce needs aimed at making indigenous people active participants in Nigeria’s telecommunications development are met.

“Essentially, NODITS will need to initiate strategic programs and projects that will drive the growth of the telecommunications industry through a visionary, focused, sustainable and incentive-based approach to indigenous telecommunications stakeholders,” said EVC.

The EVC ended by congratulating the pioneering team of the new Office. He noted that they have been carefully selected by NCC management based on their background, dedication and integrity. He urged the team to work harmoniously within the Bureau and with other relevant stakeholders to accelerate the transparent execution of its mandates, as clearly spelled out in the NPPIC.

In his remarks, the team leader, NODITS, Babagana Digima, spoke about the mission and vision of NODITS, as he made his presentation on the progress made so far by the team in five months of ‘existence. He said that while the mission of NODITS is “to achieve the goals of the national policy for the promotion of indigenous content in the telecommunications industry and executive decrees 003 and 005”, its vision is “to harmoniously integrate the content indigenous people in Nigerian telecommunications. sector.”

Executive Decree 003 mandates all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to always give preference to local manufacturers of goods and service providers for procurement; while Executive Order 005 aims to promote Nigerian content in contracts at the frontier of science, engineering and technology.

Digima has documented some of the activities carried out by NODITS during the last five months of its creation. This includes a visit to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA); visits to various manufacturers of subscriber identification modules (SIM); commitments with mobile network operators (MNOs); continuous training of 60 young entrepreneurs and development of relevant proposals for the industry to incentivize information and communication technology (ICT) companies by the federal government, among others.

In addition, Digima said that NODITS has so far identified partners with whom it would work together to achieve its mandates. They include NCC, NITDA, Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Nigerian Content Development and Oversight Council ( NCDMB) and the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC). .

The others are the Public Procurement Office (BPP), the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), the National Agency for Scientific and Technical Infrastructure (NASENI), the National Automobile Design and Development Council (NADDC) ), the Nigerian Export Zone Processing Authority (NEZPA), Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) and Ajaokuta Steel Company (ASC).

Digima called on its NODITS team to work with dedication and determination to build a telecoms sector where ingenious players actively participate in the creation of values ​​for the overall development of the digital economy. “A chain is as strong as its weakest link. I want us to build a strong and resilient office that will fit in use, stand the test of time, and that the telecommunications industry will look back on and appreciate like the great pyramids of Egypt. We will all be the designers, thinkers, architects and builders of this great NODITS journey, ”he added.

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