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Danbatta: Why we developed new vision plan for NCC

EVC of NCC, Prof Danbatta flanked by other dignitaries at the unveiling of the SVP in Abuja
EVC of NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, flanked by other dignitaries at the unveiling of the SVP in Abuja

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof. Umar Danbatta has said that the need to reinvigorate the Commission and take it to greater heights informed the development of a new Strategic Vision Plan (SVP). Speaking at an event to unveil the plan, which was held alongside the launch of a book on the EVC’s speeches and the Commission’s new media channel – NCC Global Connect, Danbatta said the SVP will define NCC’s strategic thrusts for the next five years.

“We have taken cognizance of the several notable advancements in the Nigerian telecommunications industry within the last five (5) years, as well as the current global realities such as International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Strategic Plan (2020 – 2023), the Commission’s Strategic Management Plan (SMP) 2020-2024, the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030 for a digital Nigeria, the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP) 2020-2025 and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) of the Federal Government. Thus, the new plan has been guided by and aligned to the NNBP (2020-2025), the NDEPS (2020-2030), the SMP (2020-2024), the ITU Strategic Plan, and the ERGP of the Federal Government,” Danbatta said.

The EVC disclosed that the new SVP has five items, which include organizational renewal for operational efficiency and regulatory excellence; facilitating the provision of infrastructure for a digital economy that fosters national development; promoting fair competition, inclusive growth, increased investment and innovative services; improving Quality of Service (QoS) for enhanced consumer Quality of Experience (QoE); and facilitating strategic collaboration and partnership.

“To ensure strong commitment to its implementation, the new SVP also has inbuilt initiatives, key performance indicators developed from inception and activities tied to an implementation responsibility matrix.

“It also incorporates timelines and a robust monitoring and evaluation mechanism. It is equally outcome-based and recommendation-driven with follow-up actions to guide the Commission in operationalising the plan and assessing its performance over time.

“The new SVP, no doubt, embodies several innovative elements deliberately designed to re-invent and transform the telecom ecosystem within the context of regulation. This takes me to the next innovative project, the Compendium of EVC’s Speeches and Presentations,” Danbatta stated.

Dignitaries displaying the book

On the launch of the compendium of his speeches and presentations, the NCC boss said: “As the chief regulator of this very dynamic telecom sector, I have had the opportunity to deliver several speeches and make presentations both locally and internationally. In order to preserve these speeches for historical reference, we have carefully selected some of the speeches which capture the successes and challenges of the Nigerian communications sector from my perspective. The book titled: “Catalysing Nigeria’s Socio-Economic Transformation through Broadband Infrastructure” is sure to give readers the historical background and authoritative context to the growth that is now being enjoyed by the industry.”

Speaking on the new podcast channel opened by the Commission, Danbatta said NCC’s embrace of innovation is not an event, but a continuous experience embedded in its corporate culture as an organisation.

Unveiling the NCC podcast channel
Unveiling the NCC podcast channel

“Over the years, we have deployed various well-established conventional and social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter (banned for now) - for our media and public relations activities. But we are not relenting in expanding our media frontiers. We want to reach more and more of our stakeholders with our rich content to empower them and improve our visibility locally and internationally,” he said.

Danbatta added that due to advancements in digital technologies, Podcasts have become increasingly popular as a medium of stakeholder engagement as they help increase these engagements in an organic and conversational way. “In keeping with these advancements, we have created the Commission’s podcast channel “NCC Global Connect” to be launched today as an additional social media channel of the Commission,” he said.

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