Partnership between telecommunications sector regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC), and the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), will boost Nigeria’s competitiveness with neigbouring countries, Cyber Era Online(www.cyberera.com.ng) has gathered.
This observation was made recently by NISER Director-General Dr. Folarin Gbadebo-Smith ,when he paid a courtesy visit to his NCC counterpart, the EVC/CEO Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, wherein he commended the Commission for continuous liberalization of the telecoms industry.
Gbadebo-Smith, who acknowledged that the NCC had been of considerable assistance to NISER over the years, noted the institute received laptops from the Commission and further stressed that NISER as an agency, has an overarching mandate that cuts across several aspects of national development and is into research for various Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) and seeks to collaborate with NCC as “working together will advance the frontier of knowledge for Nigeria so as to compete effectively with neighbouring countries.”
The NISER Director-General, was received by the Director, Policy, Competition and Economic Analysis at the NCC, Muhammad Babajika, on behalf of Prof. Danbatta. Babajika equally commended the NISER DG for championing a research institute on behalf of all other agencies.
He noted that “NCC will be part and parcel of working with NISER as President Buhari directed agencies of government to synergise, collaborate and have robust understanding and network to drive the Next level Agenda.”
“A step in the right direction would be to look at our needs, put heads together and have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) so that we can assist each other by creating a small group to identify our needs and advise us accordingly on areas of collaboration,” he said.