NCC BOSS CALLS FOR COLLABORATION . . . FUTMinna To Set-Up Centre for Emerging Technologies - Prof Bala

The NCC helmsman stated this on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 during the opening session of a 2-day workshop for Academia, industry and other Stakeholders in the North-Central zone titled: Synergy by Academia, Industry and Regulator as Accelerator for Innovation, Industry Growth and Sustainability held at the Doko International Hotels, Minna.

Prof. Danbatta, represented by NCC Director, Spectrum and Development, Mr. Austin Nwaulure disclosed that advancement in technology across several spheres of human endeavour has increased the speed at which alignment between the different stakeholders in the economy needs to take place to ensure that no aspect of the nation’s development is left lagging.

He noted that there is need for regulators to raise their game to ensure regulations are relevant to existing realities on ground in view of the fast-evolving technology ecosystem.

“The academia is a key driver of innovation in all spheres of human endeavour. But in specific terms, the ideas, inventions and improvements that emanate from the academia are required by industry for improved efficiencies and productivity. With these in mind, the regulator as a critical component of any ecosystem aims to ensure all stakeholders are protected and the industry nurtured for maximum benefit to business and society,” he said.

The growth of new technologies such as internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence, cloud computing, increased delivery of speed by various broadband technologies like 4G and 5G technologies, advancement in processor and other electronic technologies have led to huge opportunities and risks. Hence, the need for collaboration between academia, industry and regulators to ensure that these technologies can be properly harnessed and standard built in such a way that is beneficial to all stakeholders. The potential opportunities and important aspects that should be considered by all stakeholders are critical aspects that the academia are invited to research and proffer pragmatic solutions,” the NCC boss stated.

He tasked the academia to study the impact of various practices and issues peculiar to the Nigerian operating environment on the operational efficiency and service delivery capability and performance by telecommunications industry players and subscribers.

Also speaking at the event, the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Abdullahi Bala fsssn, commended the management team of NCC for choosing FUT, Minna to host the event, adding that the University would continue to champion novel research in ICT development for the benefit of the society.

Prof. Bala disclosed that the University is presently putting modalities in place for the establishment of a Centre for Emerging Technologies to tackle some security problems being faced by the country.

“As the best specialized University in Nigeria, I feel that there is need for us to conduct cutting-edge research into emerging security problems such as; crypto-currency, cyber security, Ponzi scheme like the Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox (MMM) and digital policing. The Centre when established will assist in providing solutions to these problems and others,” he said.

Speaking during a panel discussion at the event, Prof. Abiodun Musa Aibinu who led the discussion on; Current Industry Needs, Skills Gap and Bridging the Gap said there is need for synergy between universities and industries in the country, adding that industries operating in Nigeria should entrust Nigerian universities with their research needs instead of outsourcing it abroad.

Prof. Aibinu who is a recipient of NCC research grant urged other government agencies to emulate NCC by funding research across tertiary institutions in the country.
The former Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Musbau Adewumi Akanji led the panel discussion on Public Private Partnership Collaboration and Funding of Prototype Development and Production.

The workshop was held at the Doko International Hotels, Minna because of the on-going strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The workshop is in furtherance of the Commission’s drive in maintaining collaboration with relevant stakeholders in the industry.


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