NCC Board approves digital economy department to leverage technology

To promote the national digital economy and revitalise its strategy for programmes and policies, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has approved the creation of a Digital Economy Department.

According to a statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, the commission’s Governing Board had approved the creation of the new department which would be structurally under the Office of the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NCC.

The Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, in the same statement, said that the decision to place the newly-created department under the Office of the EVC underscored the “importance the Commission places on the need to successfully drive the overall national digital economy strategy of the government through ensuring its effective monitoring and supervision”.

All staff members of the Special Duties Department are to move to the newly-created Digital Economy Department, which will be headed by Engr. Babagana Digima, an Assistant Director in the Special Duties Department who will now serve as pioneer Head of the new department.

Prof. Danbatta noted that the department would be guided by the eight pillars of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) document, the Broadband Implementation Unit in the Commission.

The eight pillars contained include: Developmental Regulation; Digital Literacy and Skills; Solid Infrastructure; Service Infrastructure; Soft Infrastructure; Digital Services Development and Promotion; Digital Society and Emerging Technologies; and Indigenous Content Development and Adoption.


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