As part of efforts to develop the communication technology sector of the country, the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has harped on his eight-point agenda’s strategic thrusts and the implications for improved telecommunications services quality in the country. Dambatta, during an interactive session with the media in Kano State, explained that the agenda, scheduled for implementation for a five-year period, was premised on a tripod which includes availability of service, accessibility of service and affordability of service, aimed at improving universal access and quality of service. He stressed that the agenda which was in line with the change agenda of the Buhari led administration, revolves round an ideological shift in creation of structures to enhance social benefits and inclusiveness for national development.
In addition, the EVC maintained that the five year strategic vision would enhance the development of a knowledge driven nation that was globally competitive and would help confront any challenge that might arise. Danbatta said:” We present our 8 point agenda alongside the overarching change mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari, to promote innovation, investment, competition and consumer empowerment in and on top of the communications platform of today and the future. The 8 point agenda as listed by the NCC boss were: facilitate broadband penetration, improve quality of service, optimize usage and benefits of spectrum, promote ICT innovation and investment opportunities. Others include facilitate strategic collaboration and partnership, protect and empower consumers, promote fair competition and inclusive growth, ensure regulatory excellence and operational efficiency.”