NCC’s Regulatory Footprint Since 2015 (8): Expanding Digital Access Of Nigerians Through CSR

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Away from its critical primary role of, effectively, regulating the telecom industry, the Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, under the able leadership, of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC/CEO, has, also, taken up the responsibility, of closing the gap in initial digital access by Nigerians, through the laudable interventions of the Commission, in various Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, since 2015 to date.

Some of these interventions include the Wireless Internet Cloud project, Laptop Project, Computer Based Test, CBT, Centres project and ICT Park project in 2019.

The Wireless Cloud Project

The Wireless Cloud Project is one, in which the Commission provides support of campus-wide, wireless access, to internet service, to enhance teaching, learning, research and development, by faculty staff and students of some Nigerian Colleges of Education, Polytechnics and Universities, as well as, Hospitals.

This is done, through the provision of the necessary infrastructure, including masts, antennas, networking and twelve months bandwidth supply and maintenance support.

As at 2019, the Commission has successfully secured about 150 beneficiary institutions, in various locations in the country connected, to the Wireless Internet Cloud.

This a laudable intervention, considering the number of lecturers, teachers and students, who do not need to bother about the cost of internet service and the quantum of research and other important things that can be done with free access to the internet.

The Laptop Project

The Commission has, also, embarked on the provision of Laptops, laden with e-learning suites to 230 beneficiaries in various higher institutions in Nigeria tofurther enhance digital access.

During the period under review, the Commission successfully implemented the supply of laptops in 230 beneficiary institutions at various locations in the country.

Also, in line with Commissions strategic collaboration and partnerships drive, the it is, currently, implementing the CBT project in six centres, across Nigeria.

These centres are located in the FCT, Katsina, Abia, Ondo, Gombe and Anambra States.

This is a special intervention Programme by the Commission aimed at establishing state-of-the-art facilities where online examinations, such as the Joint Admissions And Matriculation Board, JAMB, online examinations, can be conducted and to entrench efficiency, effectiveness and curb examination malpractices.

The ICT Park Project

The ICT Park project, is an innovation, initiated by the Commission, with a view to establishing, fully functional Digital Industrial Complexes, DIC, to drive ICT development and support technology start-ups, in the States that benefit from it and its environs.

The Commission is, currently, building ICT Parks in four States, which include Kano, Borno, Ogun and Enugu States.

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