By Etuka Sunday
Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) have agreed to deepen collaboration in the area of digital access for economic growth in the country.
The duo communicated the commitment during a courtesy visit by the new executive council of NACCIMA led by its National President, Saratu Iya-Aliu, to the NCC Headquarters in Abuja on Friday.
The NACCIMA executives, who were received by Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB), NCC, Hafsat Lawal, on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, said, the choice of NCC as the first organisation to visit after their recent inauguration, was to seek areas of collaboration to further increase the frontier of private sector players leveraging digital platforms.
Speaking, the National President said, “communication is the way to go now to do business. You can stay in your house and advertise your products for patronage online.
“Communication is an important aspect of business, therefore, we really want to find out all the ways and means to make it easy for our members to participate in this communication business, and NCC is into training and educating the people on how to use communication to do their business effectively,” she said.
NACCIMA President, Iya-Aliu praised NCC for its commitment to deepen digital penetration for economic growth and inclusiveness in the country.
“As the voice of private sector in Nigeria, we have noticed the important role which the NCC has been playing in digitising the economy. It has helped to bring a lot of efficiency into the private businesses and we give you commendation based on this drive,” she said.
Also speaking, the Director General of the association, Ayoola Olukanmi, who took time to explain the vision of the newly-constituted executives of NACCIMA, also commended NCC for the leap it had recorded in digitising the economy, noting that “beyond using digitisation for social interactions, it has also become a powerful tool for enhancing business growth.”
He cited digitisation, women/gender issues, digital training for members as well as startup development, among others, as areas where NACCIMA would like to collaborate with the Commission.
In her response, the EVC rep., Lawal thanked the NACCIMA team for the visit, and told them that as NCC deepens digital access, the Commission constantly engages in collaborating with various agencies and stakeholders as avenues to deliver on its various mandate of protecting, informing and educating the consumers of telecoms services on their rights, obligations and privileges.
She, however, asked the association to articulate their demands and areas for collaborations and forward same to the Commission’s Management for consideration, assuring them of the NCC’s readiness to deepen stakeholder collaboration and partnership, promote competition and inclusive growth for private sector players represented by NACCIMA in the country.