Some of the benchmarking visits of the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta to the United Kingdom and advanced countries have started yielding positive results.

This is so as Nigeria has been selected as one of the countries in Africa, where the  UK government through its ministry of prosperity supports scheme will be deploying huge intervention to the tune of 1.2 Billion pounds sterling to generate wealth, create job opportunities and prosperity.

This was disclosed when a delegation from the U.K Government paid a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Communications Commission few days ago at the commission’s head office.

Alessandra Lustrati, Head of Digital Inclusion who led the delegation stated that they are “ working on supporting the emerging digital entrepreneurs in the Nigerian digital economy” an area with potentials for job creation and wealth generation.

Lustrati stressed that digital access is a very holistic effort and quite complex, so the UK government would like to tackle the relevant aspect of it in the Nigerian digital space. She further added that in “ Closing the digital access gap,they will devise collaborative means to meet our strategies and needs to help address our challenges in specific ways as a regulator.

The Executive Vice Chairman of The Nigerian Communications Commission who received the delegation highlighted three key areas for collaborative focus: They include the creation of prosperity which will leverage the power of information and communication technology to provide access to the underserved and unserved areas of the country; cyber security and capacity building.

“We have highlighted our challenges in digital access, digital gaps all over the country to which we have digital maps and access gap maps if that is required in order to ensure the intervention is directed where it is urgently needed,” he said.


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