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NCC advocates promotion of Nigeria’s indigenous telecommunications sector

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Friday urged stakeholders to intensify efforts in the promotion of Nigeria’s indigenous telecommunications sector.

The Executive Vice President of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, made this known during an event organized by the Policy Implementation Assisted Forum (PIAFo) in Lagos.

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The theme of the event was, “Establishing Trackable Metrics for Developing Nigeria’s Indigenous Telecoms Sector”.

Danbatta, who was represented by Babagana Digima, the Head of Nigeria Office for Developing the Indigenous Telecom Sector (NODITS), said that the development of the indigenous telecommunications sector was vital for the growth of the country.

He said that the commission’s policy and regulatory framework had always laid emphasis on the development of effective local participation of the telecoms sector value chain.

Danbatta also said that the Federal Government had in 2021 launched a national policy for Promotion of Indigenous Content (NPPIC) spearheaded by the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, in recognition of the pertinent need to develop indigenous capacity in the telecom sector.

He said that to ensure the effective implementation of the NPPIC, the commission articulated several targets and high-impact interventions, which were Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based (SMART).

“We have not only identified a number of critical stakeholders in the industry, but we have engaged over 30 different entities ranging from MDAs, Mobile Network Operators and SIM manufacturers and mast manufacturers via Nigeria Office for Developing the Indigenous Telecom Sector.

“At a higher level, the commission had identified some time-based metrics for NPPIC which it classified into immediate, short term, medium term, and long-term items.

“Some of the activities include the creation of NODITS dedicated to guiding the policy, the constitution of the local content steering committee, and engagement with relevant internal and external stakeholders.

“Others include commissioning baseline studies on the level of indigenous content in the Nigerian telecoms industry, development of regulations, enforcement key performance Indicators, and methodologies,” Danbatta said.

He said that transforming the action points into metrics would not only streamline the implementation of the policy but also provide for a SMART system to show progress.

Danbatta said the commission was therefore counting on the efforts of industry stakeholders, watchdogs, and partners to create independent metrics that would ensure the achievements of the goals of the NPPIC.

He said that NCC was delighted to note that some of the actions it implemented through NODITS had yielded fruits.

Danbatta said to show the commission’s commitment, the NODITS would be hosting its maiden edition of the Nigerian Telecommunications Indigenous Content Expo (NTICE 2022) on Aug.1 and Aug. 2.

He said the theme of the event was: “Stimulating Development of Indigenous Content through Innovation and Commercialisation”.

He said that the main objective of NTICE 2022 was to promote the four focus areas of the NPPIC  in the telecommunications sector which were manufacturing, service, people, research, and development for innovation.

In his remarks, Mr. Omobayo Azeez, Lead Executive at PIAFo and Covener of the event,  said that the telecommunications sector had unarguably become one indispensable economic enabler for the country and its people.

He said that in spite of the commendable trajectory, the sector remains grossly dependent on foreign inputs which at the end of every operating year resulted in capital flights in excess of 2.16 billion dollars.

Azeez said that when operators had to depend solely on foreign talents, solutions, equipment, and accessories, they would also have to deal with the hassle of accessing forex as one of the major problems.

“Aas such, operators and customers suffer and even our dear Naira is also at a receiving end as it continues to lose value,” he said.

Azeez urged the Federal Government to use its NPPIC to reverse this trend, to enable the telecoms industry and the country to grow.

 

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Public Feedback: Lagos Announces Complaint Hotlines To Boost Transparency

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The Lagos State Ministry of Transportation has announced dedicated phone hotlines aimed at facilitating public feedback and complaints regarding the activities of the Ministry and its Officials.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Oluwaseun Osiyemi who disclosed this also said this was sequel to Recognizing the importance of fostering transparency, accountability, and responsiveness in governance.

He subsequently provided phone numbers which citizens can call to channel and express their concerns, report grievances, and provide valuable feedback on transportation-related matters.

“Members of the public are encouraged to utilize this service responsibly by providing accurate information and details when lodging complaints or sharing feedback”, he said, adding that the Ministry assures the public of its commitment to addressing all inquiries and complaints promptly and effectively.

The hotline numbers for lodging complaints and providing feedback are as follows: 09020009000 and 09020004000.

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Fasting: Sultan Declares Monday, 1st Ramadan 1445 AH, Following Moon-sighting

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Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has declared Monday, March 11, as the first day of Ramadan 1445 AH in Nigeria.

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, signifies a month-long period of fasting, one of the five pillars of Islam. 

Abubakar announced the sighting of the new crescent in Sokoto on Sunday in a radio and television broadcast.

He said the new moon was sighted in different parts of the country and that reports of the moon sighting were received from Muslim leaders and organisations from across the country.

“After due verification and authentication by the National Moon Sighting Committee and states committees’ confirmation, as well as routine scrutiny, I hereby, announce the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan signifying the end of Sha’aban 1445 AH.

”In accordance with Islamic law, Muslims are to commence fasting on Monday accordingly,” he declared.

The Sultan urged Muslim faithfuls to devote themselves fully to the worship of Allah throughout the Holy Month, urging them to use the period to pray for the progress, peace and prosperity of the nation.

The Sultan also called on wealthy individuals to assist the poor and stressed the need for increased religious tolerance and brotherhood in Nigeria.

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Looming Divorce: “My husband follows anything under skirt”, wife tells court

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…As another marriage hits rock over Wife’s monitoring of phone, husband’s lockouts 

Mrs Jane Ebi, a businesswoman, on Friday dragged her husband, Monday, before a Customary Court in Jikwoyi, near Abuja.

She accused him of “following everything under skirt”.

Jane, who is seeking a divorce, said that her husband is hot tempered, wicked, and had a bad attitude of getting drunk and following different women or anything under the skirt.

The petitioner alleged that her husband had been trying to get her out of the way by killing her.

She also told the court that her husband passes nights outside their matrimonial home.

“My husband always sleeps outside our matrimonial home with small girls leaving me and the children in danger.

“I have done all I can to make the respondent change from that life, but he has refused to change. It is on these grounds that I seek to divorce him,” She said.

The respondent, Monday, who is a driver, however, denied all the allegations.

The presiding judge, Doocivir Yawe, advised the couple to explore reconciliation and adjourned the matter until March 7, for a report of settlement or hearing. 

In another development, a businessman, Mr Ojo Owo, on Friday, dragged his wife, Muyibat, before a Customary Court in Jikwoyi, near Abuja, for always locking him out of the house.

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His claims are contained in a divorce petition he filed against his wife.

“On several occasions, my wife locked me out of the house whenever I come back home late from work.

“She has the habit of monitoring my phone calls, picking my phone to go through my messages.

“She searches my calls log, picks and calls the numbers on my phone to insult, embarrass and call my customers names,” he alleged. 

The petitioner also accused his wife of sleeping around.

“She admitted this to me when questioned,” he claimed. 

The petitioner further told the court that he gives his wife money to take care of her hair.

“I also provide body creams and food.

“I don’t know why she is sleeping around; I beg this court to dissolve the marriage,” he said.

The respondent, however, denied the allegations.

The Judge, Thelma Baba, advised the couple to explore settlement options for the sake of their children and adjourned the matter until March 7, for a hearing.

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