21st February, 2022
By Jessica Dogo
The Federal Government on Monday gave six months deadline to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to come up with innovative solutions in Information Communications Technology (ICT).
Prof. Isa Pantami gave the deadline at a maiden Telecommunications Based Research and Prototype Exposition in Abuja.
Pantami urged stakeholders to continuously refine the roles of players in the nations National System of Innovation by creating new models and incentives.
He said that this would guarantee the objectives of the National Policy for the promotion of indigenous content in the Nigerian Telecommunications Sector.
“I do hope that the next event will not be about the prototype but adopting the solution.
“I will give NCC only six months from today for not only prototyping but solution and make it a national policy that this is what we have produced.
“We have the brain, we have the capacity and we need to support each other to move this country forward.
“We must continue to refine the roles of players in the nation’s National System of Innovation by creating new models and incentives.
“This will guarantee we achieve the objectives of the National Policy for the promotion of indigenous content in the Nigeria Telecommunications sector,” he said.
He called on tertiary institutions that benefit from research grants to deeply consider the commercialisation of research prototypes.
“I must reiterate that successful commercialization of these prototypes will require requisite managerial and industrial competencies as well as adequate funding.
“It is, therefore, necessary for the tertiary institutions that benefit from research grants to deeply consider the commercialization of the research outcomes (prototypes).
“This means that collaborations and partnerships are necessary for commercialization,” Pantami said.