CNC identifies 72 action points to implement Indigenous content policy

The Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said the commission has so far identified 72 action points to promote indigenous content in the telecommunications sector.

Danbatta revealed this in his keynote address at the third edition of the Policy Implementation Assistance Forum on the theme: “Establishing Traceable Metrics for the Development of Nigeria’s Indigenous Telecommunications Sector” in Lagos. Thursday.

He added that the commission also convened at least 30 stakeholders in the roundtable to chart the way forward for the effective implementation of the National Policy for Promoting Indigenous Content Policy in the Nigerian Telecommunications Sector (NPPIC). ) sanctioned by President Muhammadu Buhari in May, 2021.

Represented by Babagana Digima, Head of the Nigerian Office for the Advancement of the Indigenous Telecommunications Sector (NODITS), the EVC pointed out that the various entities include Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), SIM card manufacturers, towers and masts. manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers (OEM).

He said: “At a higher level, the Commission had identified certain temporal measures for NPPIC which it categorized into immediate, short-term, medium-term and long-term, including activities such as the creation of NODITS dedicated to guiding policy; creation of the local content steering committee; engagement with relevant internal and external stakeholders; and commissioning baseline studies on the level of indigenous content in the Nigerian telecommunications industry. »

Others, he said, include developing regulations, tracking and enforcing key performance indicators (KPIs) and methodologies; development of implementation guidelines; and continuous research and development (R&D) efforts; and monitoring, evaluation and enforcement.

The CCN boss noted that the NPPIC requires more targeted and direct actions than those taken so far.

“To ensure the effective implementation of NPPIC, we have articulated several high-impact objectives and interventions, which are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound (SMART).

“We therefore rely on the efforts of industry players, watchdogs and partners such as Business Metrics to create independent metrics that will ensure the achievement of NPPIC’s goals,” Danbatta said.

He further noted that some of the 72 action points and plans are already being implemented by the Commission through NODITS which in some cases have also been successful.

“An example is the capture of some of the gazette target areas by the Federal Government and companies providing such goods and services will be granted pioneer industry status by the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission.

“Another achievement is the consideration given to telecommunications services as an exportable intangible asset by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), thus benefiting from promotion and funding,” he said. declared.

According to him, the Commission has also been fully involved in the successes achieved so far “as we are also promoting the establishment of a corrugated optical conduit (COD) manufacturing plant in Nigeria which will complement the recent launch of the first fiber cable optical (OFC) manufacturing facility by Coleman Technical Industries in conjunction with Corning, a world-renowned leader in the development and manufacture of OFC.

He said skilled labor supply, financing and software development are also getting attention, noting however that this will require a different set of parameters such as skill areas, available staff, migration skills and the development of new skills for which industry will be a key element. driver and source of statistics.

“Our discussions with the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) and some of the MNOs, TowerCos and OEMs focus on skills development as well as the repair and maintenance of telecom equipment, both of which are key elements for empowering indigenous to the telecommunications industry, says EVC.

In his address, Omobayo Azeez, Head of PIAFo, highlighted the need to domesticate inputs in the telecommunications sector to ease the pressure on the Nigerian economy.

While acknowledging that the telecommunications sector had unquestionably become an indispensable economic catalyst for the country and its people, he said, the sector remains largely dependent on foreign inputs which, at the end of each year of operation, have resulted in capital flight of more than $2.16 billion.

“When traders have to rely solely on foreign talent, solutions, equipment and accessories, they will also face the hassle of accessing forex as one of the major issues. As such, operators are hurting, customers are hurting and even our dear Naira is also a victim – it continues to lose value.

“We realize that with the policy in place, the work has only just begun because the effective implementation of a policy is the true measure of its success. We want this policy to materialize and create inclusive benefits for individuals, businesses and the economy,” he said.

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