The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said it has inaugurated a fifteen-person Evaluation Committee to assess the 2020 Telecommunications-based research from academics in Nigerian tertiary institutions. Head of the NCC Umar Danbatta said the aim is to enhance the telecoms industry/ICT sector. Danbatta said the NCC wants to keep supporting research projects that could lead to the development of new products and services in the industry, as the key enabler of the nation’s digital economy.
The NCC said Danbatta said they are all aware of the appreciable contributions of the Nigerian telecommunication sector to the growth of GDP over the years, which peaked at 14.53 percent in the second quarter. Danbatta said funding Research and Development (R&D) is fundamental to ensuring that the needs of consumers are met, adding that the Digital Economy-based Research Innovations project underlines the importance of funding R&D.