The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief of Executive of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, has said that the NCC is committed to partnering with all shades of stakeholders to promote local content input into the economy and to reduce unemployment in the country. Danbatta spoke through Felicia Onwuegbuchulam, Director Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB) of the Commission at a reception for some top Management staff of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), who came on a courtesy visit to the Commission this afternoon.
Danbatta was responding to an invitation from Tonia Shoyele, Director General of the Chamber who asked the Commission to partner the Chamber especially in the activities at its Business Entrepreneurial Skills and Technology Centre.
Dr. Abubakar Al-Mujtaba, 1st Deputy President of the Chamber who led the delegation to NCC on behalf of Adetokunbo Kayode SAN, the Chamber’s President, told the Management of NCC that the 30-year old Chamber has grown proportionally with the growth of the FCT, but he noted that the Chamber has enjoyed robust relationship with NCC and expressed the joy of the Chamber on the EVC’s gracious acceptance to be an honorary council member of the Chamber.
Shoyele stated that the Chamber runs four centres – the Abuja Trade Centre, Dispute Centre, Policy Centre, and the Business Entrepreneurial Skills and Technology Centre which recently graduated 240 persons trained in photography, web design and other vocations.
Shoyele said the Chamber, which recently won an international award, has over 3000 members of which 1500 are Small and Medium Enterprises. She said it was time NCC became a member of the not-for-profit, business-focused and advocacy organisation in order to deepen the relationship with the Chamber and leverage it to implement some social responsibility programmes through the Entrepreneurial Centre. She thanked NCC for years of patronage and called on the Commission to be a major sponsor of this year’s Abuja International Trade Fair.
Ismail Adedigba, Head Information and Reference at NCC’s CAB, who gave the vote of thanks, told the visitors that NCC’s mandate to protect the rights of telecom consumers is inviolable and that explains why the Commission takes the NCC Day at trade fairs very seriously “because wherever there are telecom consumers, the NCC will be there to engage, inform and educate the consumers about their rights and privileges”.