In a move geared towards minimizing risks in the industry to ensure that services are not disrupted and that consumers obtain the best services that are globally available, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) decided to host a two-day maiden conference at its headquarters in Abuja on risk identification.
The move is part of the NCC’s mandate to sensitize the industry about the need for proper and continuous risk identification with the view to managing such risks before they affect the health of the industry.
Speaking at the conference with the theme: “Nigerian Telecommunications Industry: Managing the Emerging Risks and Embracing Risk Opportunities,” NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, called for collaboration between the regulator and other stakeholders in the industry.
He said it has become imperative to achieve multi-stakeholder strategies aimed at identifying and addressing emerging risks in the telecommunications sector to ensure sustainable and impacting growth.
Director of Policy, Competition and Economic Analysis, Yetunde Akinloye, who stood for the EVC, said the essence of the forum was to examine myriads of issues that challenge the implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy & Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030 and to enhance the development of a sustainable ICT sector in Nigeria.
“The focus of this conference is to bring to the fore the ever-rising uncertainties in the global economy and the attendant regulatory/operational risks in the areas of increased data security regulations, new partnerships and transforming business models, a fast-changing mix of mounting capital expenditure (CAPEX) burdens, shifting market structures, newly emerging disruption scenarios, regulatory and policy challenges amongst others,” Danbatta said.
The EVC told participants at the event, which also featured virtual participation, that the Commission has been at the forefront of ensuring that the telecoms industry is not adversely impacted by these uncertainties/risks. He stated that one of our Strategic Visions is to ensure a competitive market for communications services that foster fair inclusion of all players, and promote local content and innovative services in ways that facilitate new investment, job creation and consumer satisfaction.