The Nigerian Communications Commission has committed over N500m for research in Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions in a bid to promote innovations and development in the nation’s telecommunications industry.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, disclosed this at a two-day regional roundtable with academia, industry, and other stakeholders in Kano.
According to her, the funds have been committed to research grants to universities and tertiary institutions, including professorial chairs in the universities in salient areas to drive technology development.
In a statement signed by Director Public Affairs, NCC, Reuben Muoka, Danbatta stated, “The Commission collaborates with the academia in maximising the contributions of tertiary institutions to innovations and sustainable development of the Information and Communications Technology industry as finance is needed to drive the possible success of these endeavours.”
According to him, the commission is focused on supporting academia in the commercialisation of the prototypes from these innovative researches.
He added that ideas, inventions, and improvements that emanate from academia are required by the industry for improved efficiency and productivity.
The NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Ubale Maska, also disclosed that the commission has so far awarded 49 telecom-based research grants to academia out of which 10 prototypes have been successfully developed and displayed to industry stakeholders.