The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said its target at the Commission is to make Nigeria one of the most digital-driven economies in the world.
Currently rated as one of the fast-growing telecoms markets in the world, the Commission said it is more determined to drive policies an initiatives aimed to accelerating the ranking of Nigeria in the global digital ecosystem.
Chairman of the Commission, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye stated this auspicious target in an interaction during his 85th birthday celebration in Lagos recently.
While thanking God for preserving him till date, with the assurance that he would deploy the rest of his life serving the cause of making Nigerian a great nation, Durojaiye said particularly, that at the NCC where he is currently serving the country as board chairman, his target is to see that “all Nigerian youths – employed and yet-to-be-employed leverage telecoms services and tools towards improving their standard of living.l
“I also target to ensure that, working with other board members and NCC management, we provide the policy and directions that would position Nigeria effectively on the global map as the world’s most digitised economy in the next few years,” he said.
He explained that the Commission has been consistently working to provide the enabling environment for inflows of foreign direct investments (FDIs) into the sector.
“As you may be aware, through deliberate policies, the Commission has been able to attract over $70 billion into the nation’s telecoms sector. We know we need more investment locally and from foreign investors and we are ensuring that we boost this in a way that will benefit the development of digital revolution,” he said.
The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who spoke earlier at the event, described Senator Durojaiye as a good leader and a team leader, who has strengthened the Commission in having better direction in piloting the affairs of the nation’s telecoms industry.
“Senator Durojaiye is a good leader and a team leader. We have seen his attributes bringing greater harmony in NCC. We act together in harmony to ensure we drive the telecommunications sector in the right direction of growth and for the empowerment of Nigerians, who daily subscribe to telecommunications’ services to make a living,” he said.
At the birthday celebration, which was well attended by politicians, technocrats and civil servants, encomiums were rained on the Chairman, Board of Directors of the Commission.
Among them is President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika. He described Durojaye as a man of integrity who has deployed his intellectualism to benefit the business and political spaces in the country.
“Senator Durojaiye is one man who I must thank for his weighty contribution to the development of the Nigerian economy and we wish him more years and happiness,” he said.
Also speaking, Tinubu’s representative at the forum, Senator Demola Seriki, described the NCC chair as a ‘public-spirited and committed individual who has remained faithful to the drive for true democratic precepts and revolution till date.”
He recalled that Durojaiye has sacrificed his time and resources in all the endeavours he has found himself towards ensuring that Nigeria continues to thrive as a nation.
The Secretary to the State Government, Lagos State, Mr, Tunji Bello, who represented the state Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, said the celebrant was a role model to many Nigerian youths who wish to start from a humble background and deploy their energies to the service of the nation.
“As a public servant and civil servant, our father, Senator Durojaiye, has left indelible footprints in all cases where he had had to be called upon to serve the nation.
Goodwill messages from Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and Former Senate President, David Mark, were read to the large gathering of relatives and crem de la crem of the economy by former Minister of Health, Prince Adelusi Adeluyi, who also personally commended the “virtues and good characters” of the octogenarian.
Other signatories at the event included the Nigeria’s former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Prince Bola Ajibola; former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, among others.
The event also featured the launch of a biographical book on the celebrant authored by the duo of Dare Babarinsa and Dele Fashomi.
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