The Government Vice-Chairman and Chief Government Officer of the Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has recognized main advantages in selling digital literacy within the nation.
Delivering the primary Annual Lecture of the Bichi Emirate titled, “Digital Literacy as a Veritable Instrument for Social and Financial Transformation” in Bichi, Kano State, over the weekend, Danbatta challenged actors in each private and non-private sectors to key into the programme.
He famous that digital literacy gives the arrogance required by particular person residents to utilise digital contents and instruments, including that it additionally helps residents to successfully collaborate in creating digital content material and turning into progressive problem-solvers inside their socio-economic ecosystem.
The EVC identified that technological modifications have now assumed an unprecedented dimension in tempo, scope and depth of affect, emphasizing that harnessing the progress is the surest path for Nigeria in her quest for financial diversification, particularly the elevation of 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
“The coverage thrust of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration on this path is encapsulated in three key coverage paperwork, specifically: Nigeria Nationwide Broadband Plan (NNBP) 2020-2025; the Nationwide Digital Financial system Coverage and Technique (NDEPS) 2010-2030; and, the Nationwide Coverage on Promotion of Indigenous Content material within the Nigerian telecommunications sector, ” Danbatta identified.
He mentioned one of many underlying objectives of the three insurance policies was the event of the Nigerian economic system by way of digital know-how enhancement and elevated contribution of the telecom sector to the nation’s Gross Home Product (GDP).
In demonstration of its recognition of the significance of digital literacy, Danbatta mentioned that the NCC has, through the years, applied numerous programmes to assist adoption and utility of digital abilities in Nigeria.
The programmes, based on him, not solely present the required digital instruments but in addition assist the availability of digital infrastructure, coaching, connectivity and different incentives to facilitate the event of digital literacy abilities.
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By way of its Tasks Division and the Common Providers Provision Fund (USPF), Danbatta noticed that the NCC has been offering interventions such because the College Data Centres (SKC), Wi-fi Cloud and Base Transceiver Stations (BTS), amongst others, throughout the six geo-political zones of the nation.
Talking particularly on NCC’s interventions in Bichi Emirate, Danbatta mentioned that, of the eight native authorities areas that represent the Emirate, the Fee has, by way of the USPF, recognized about 1,900 sq. kilometers of land, populated by 462,222 people as unserved.
“As a way to cowl that hole, the Cell Community Operators (MNOs) have put in 212 BTS of which 112 are Second Technology (2G)-compliant, 73 are Third Technology (3G) networks and 27 are Fourth Technology/Lengthy Time period Evolution (4G/LTE) know-how, with all offering broadband connectivity which is the bedrock of digital literacy.
“The USPF has additionally offered interventions to secondary faculties, tertiary establishments and hospitals within the emirate through its SKC, Tertiary Establishments Data Centre in addition to E-health initiatives; a complete of seven of such tasks have, thus far, been executed since 2015 on my assumption because the EVC,” he defined.
Talking additional the NCC boss additionally harped on the Fee’s seven interventions beneath the Superior Digital Consciousness Programme amongst others, stressing that every one the interventions are in step with NCC’s equitable distribution of tasks throughout all geo-political zones within the nation.
In recognition of the necessity to proceed to foster the fast improvement and progress of the Nigerian telecommunications market and digital economic system, the Fee established the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) in Might 2004.
He famous, nevertheless, that since its creation, the Institute has grown to have six campuses, one in every geo-political zone.
These campuses, that are in Abuja, Kano, Lagos, Asaba and Yola have a few of the greatest coaching services and schools within the nation and have offered numerous coaching to people and company organisations, thereby making the Institute a useful establishment to digital literacy in Nigeria.
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