NCC priotises youth empowerment through telecom tools- Danbatta

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Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commissions (NCC) says the commission has been able to prioritise youth empowerment through the deployment of information communication tools, especially in tertiary institutions.

Danbatta said this when members of the African Achievers Award presented the commission with an award in Abuja.

According to him, the Digital Association Programme for Tertiary Institutions is one of the organisation’s interventions to build human capacity in the universities.

“It is a programme to educate students on how they can leverage the power of information in content delivery in the university.

“This is consistent with the digital transformation that is going on all over the world and Nigeria cannot be an exception.

“We are deploying information and communication technology in key sectors of the economy including education, in order to encourage informed learning and teaching.

Danbatta said that the commission had made several efforts to protect Nigerians from being shorted changed, adding that the efforts had helped to transform the telecom industry in the country.

“The basis for the recognition is based on the way the organisation has empowered and protected the consumer with our eight point agenda which is all about empowering and protecting the consumer.

“We are doing this by engaging the consumers directly in programmes like consumer town hall meetings.

“Through the 2017 campaign as the year of the telecom consumers, and consumer parliament, we have remarkable results arising from these campaigns,’’ he said.

He said the level of awareness of the “Do Not Disturb’ (DND), facility by activating the number 2442 had climbed from half a million before the commission started to close to 10 million.

The executive vice chairman said that the level of resolution of complaints through the NCC team resolution mechanism available on the commission’s website had been most effective.

Earlier, Mr Tonye Idaminabo, Principal Partner, African Achievers Award said the award was given based on the integrity of the commission and its effort to ensure that sanity was maintained in the telecom sector.

Idaminabo also commended the efforts of the commission in ensuring that Nigerians were not short changed by telecom operators.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the African Achievers Award recognises influential personalities of African descent who have made remarkable contributions to the society, especially in Africa. (NAN)

Biola Lawal

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