NCC sets up 18-mem­ber in­ter-agency com­mit­tee on R & D

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Zakariyya Adaramola

The Nige­rian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NCC) has inau­gu­rated an 18-mem­ber in­ter-agency com­mit­tee to ac­tu­al­ize and deepen the im­pact of Re­search and De­vel­op­ment on the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tor.

The man­date of the com­mit­tee is pri­mar­ily to eval­u­ate re­search sub­mis­sions to aid the growth of the sec­tor be­yond where it is now, a state­ment from NCC said yes­ter­day.

The com­mit­tee whose mem­ber­ship is drawn from dif­fer­ent pro­fes­sions in­clud­ing the academia is chaired by Prof. Muazu Mo­hammed Bashir of the Ah­madu Bello Univer­sity, Zaria.

Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Chair­man (EVC) of the NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Dan­batta who inau­gu­rated the com­mit­tee at the head­quar­ters of NCC in Abuja told the com­mit­tee that the aim is to find lo­cal so­lu­tions to the chal­lenges of the in­dus­try and this is in tan­dem with the pol­icy of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Nige­ri­ans to find last­ing so­lu­tions to the chal­lenges fac­ing the coun­try.

Prof. Dan­batta stated that in or­der to achieve this goal, the Com­mis­sion de­cided to de­lib­er­ately uti­lize the ca­pac­ity found in the academia and to re­di­rect it to­wards get­ting in­volved in re­search ac­tiv­i­ties that can im­pact on busi­nesses and so­ci­ety which will con­se­quently bring about the de­vel­op­ment of new prod­ucts and ser­vices for the in­dus­try.

The EVC listed some re­cent de­vel­op­ments in the Com­mis­sion to in­clude the cre­ation of Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment to con­sol­i­date all re­search ac­tiv­i­ties thereby giv­ing re­search ac­tiv­i­ties a pri­or­ity at­ten­tion.

Records of the Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment of NCC showed that 96 sub­mis­sions were recorded this year as against 56 of the pre­vi­ous year.

The re­search top­ics rang­ing from is­sues of pipe­line pro­tec­tion to herds­men track­ing and so on man­i­festly jus­tify the ef­forts of the Com­mis­sion in mak­ing in­vest­ment into Re­search ac­tiv­i­ties by the academia.

In her wel­come ad­dress, the Head of Re­search and De­vel­op­ment, Mrs. Iyabo Sholanke said that the EVC, com­ing from the academia de­cided to re­view the con­fig­u­ra­tion of the Com­mis­sion in or­der to fully ex­e­cute the 8-point agenda to achieve the strate­gic plan of the Com­mis­sion.

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