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Danbatta Applauds ICT Reporters for Accurate Information Dissemination, Industry Growth

Danbatta Applauds ICT Reporters for Accurate Information Dissemination, Industry Growth



The important role reporters contribute to the development and growth of Nigeria’s Information and Communications Technology sector cannot be overemphasized.

This was the position of the Nigerian Communications Commission Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta at the training session for members of Nigeria Information Technology Reporters’ Association (NITRA).

In his words, “I must applaud every member of NITRA for working assiduously to provide coverage for our activities, as well as provide a platform for our narratives in terms of the various policy initiatives and actions taken to support the national economy. Without your continuous cooperation, understanding and professionalism, the Nigerian audience would not have been properly informed about the activities of the NCC”, Danbatta said.

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He therefore, re-emphasized the need of training ICT Journalist yesterday in Abuja.

According to him, NCC, in its quest for an improved ICT industry in Nigeria has assembled a team of seasoned professionals at the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) to educate and enlighten the sector journalists all on the latest trends in the global ICT industry.

The EVC in his speech noted that to aptly reflect the focus of the training, the theme which has been deliberately chosen is “Capacity Building for Telecom Reporters”.

“It is our tradition at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that our stakeholders and partners from the Media are well equipped with the knowledge and required skill-set to do their jobs effectively and efficiently.

“The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in Nigeria is indeed the most dynamic, as it continues to evolve by the day. Advancements in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) have reshaped every facet of our human endeavour from how we learn, teach and communicate to advancements in medicine, transportation, space exploration and many more”.

Speaking further, Danbatta said we should, indeed, all be thankful to be alive and living well in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The devastation and destruction caused by the novel corona virus cannot be quantified, but I am happy that the necessary policies and programmes put in place by the Commission have repositioned Nigeria’s Telecoms industry and also provided support for other vital sectors.

“With the shutdown of almost every sector of the economy since the outbreak, telecoms continue to provide government and businesses the platform to operate and transact online to ensure that our developing economy is sustained.

“As you may all recall, the Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Ali Ibrahim Pantami, had a brief interactive session with the Press in Abuja on January 3, 2020 where he stated that the Nigerian government was fully in support of building capacity for our stakeholders.

“The Honourable Minister in his submission recognized the important role journalism has played in the development of Nigeria’s ICT industry and wants me to reassure you that the Federal Government will continue to provide an enabling environment for the ICT Sector to thrive.

“This effort is consistent with one of the critical pillars of my strategic vision plan, which has to do with strategic partnership and collaboration and so, we view every member of NITRA as a very crucial stakeholder, hence this training.” he stated.

 


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