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Pantami asks NCC to implement digital economy agenda

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The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, has asked the appointed Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, and the entire management of the commission to intensify their efforts towards actualising the digital economy agenda of the Federal Government.

The minister spoke when the executive management of the NCC led by Danbatta paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, according to a statement made available to our correspondent by the NCC on Tuesday.

Pantami reminded Danbatta that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), was focused on boosting the digital economy.

He stated that the digital economy agenda had become more important following the COVID-19 pandemic that had left many individuals and organisations relying more on digital platforms for work and collaboration.

“So, we expect the NCC, as the telecoms regulator, to take the issue of digital economy very seriously and give it all the attention it deserves within the commission,” he said.

According to the minister, the proactive decision to recommend Danbatta’s reappointment to the president for approval was to ensure stability in the telecommunications industry.

Pantami emphasised the need for the management of the NCC to work harmoniously with the ministry and agencies in order to ensure effective implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy and the new National Broadband Plan, 2020-2025.

The minister was quoted to have said, “The success of the commission is our collective responsibility.

“While we, as a ministry, do our best to formulate general industry policy and supervise the activities of the commission, I will urge the NCC family to be united, remove all lines of demarcation, ensure justice, fairness in all decisions and above all, ensure harmonious relationships.”

Danbatta appreciated the minister’s role in his reappointment and reiterated his commitment to taking the commission to greater heights.

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