The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has reaffirmed the it’s commitment to continuously drive initiatives that accelerate broadband deployment in order to increase penetration and make internet connection readily available to telecom consumers.
This was stated by the EVC at the 10th edition of Business 360 Clinics held in Abuja by Abuja Enterprises Agency (AEA).
Speaking on the event’s theme, “Technology Utilization and Innovation: Effects on SME Profitability and Productivity,” in the context of the Commission’s regulatory activities, the EVC, who was represented by NCC Assistant Director, Digital Economy Paul Okeke, stated that the NCC has been at the forefront of providing the digital drive for transforming businesses and sustaining socio-economic activities in Nigeria.
Okeke highlighted the Commission’s commitment to technological and digital transformation in a way that makes entrepreneurship seamless during the panel session titled “Technology Adoption: A must for MSMEs Sustainability and Competitiveness (Challenges and Ease of Use).”
While addressing the issue of digital literacy challenges, Okeke informed the audience that the Commission has strategic partnerships with various organizations, including the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), which has resulted in initiatives such as the Digital Economy Academy, where business owners learn about security risks and online threats over the course of three months through a 12-course program.
Okeke challenged entrepreneurs to use technology to capitalize on the benefits of these initiatives in order to sustain their businesses.
“As a telecommunications regulator, the Commission works actively with other agencies in the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, as well as other public sector institutions such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA),” Okeke said.
During the interactive session, participants and business owners used the platform to file complaints and resolve business-related issues while adopting technology for their various businesses. Representatives from relevant agencies also took advantage of the opportunity to answer questions from participants who are running businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.