Minister, Stakeholders affirm Health Safety of 5G ….as Senate holds public hearing

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has allayed the fears of Nigerians on the deployment of Fifth Generation (5G) technology in Nigeria, clarifying that there was no known scientific evidence till date suggesting that 5G posed any risks to public health and safety.   Pantami stated this when he led the heads of agencies under his ministry to an investigative public hearing by the Senate Joint Committee on Communications; Science and Technology; Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Cyber Crimes; and Primary Health Care…

Danbatta, Others endorse Book on Telecoms Law, Regulations

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof, Umar Danbatta was among eminent personalities that have endorsed a new book on Nigeria’ telecommunications industry’s legal and regulatory ecosystem.   The book, “Nigerian Telecommunications Law and Regulation”, which is co-authored by Quasim Odunmbaku, a telecoms regulatory professional at the NCC and Rotimi Akapo, a lawyer, who specialised in Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) practice, is written in 18 chapters and over 600 pages.   Speaking at the virtual public presentation of the book on Thursday, February 25, 2021,…

Telecoms Sector, others take Nigeria out of Recession as Sector Boosts GDP by 12.45%

Nigeria’s telecommunications industry, regulated by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), is one of the sectors whose performance lifted the country out of recession in the fourth quarter of 2020, contributing 12.45 percent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).   According to the latest data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), telecommunications & Information Services under Information and Communication grew by 17.64 per cent in Q4 2020 from 17.36 per cent in Q3 2020 and 10.26 per cent in Q4 2019.   In the latest NBS report, agriculture,…

NCC denies reports on allocation of 383 million new phone numbers to operators in Q1 2021

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)has denied a news story in a national daily which wrongly interpreted an update report on National Numbering Plan, posted by the Commission on its official website. The report published by the media outfit with the headline: “NCC allocates 383 million new telephone numbers to operators,” purported that the Commission allocated 383 million new telephone lines to telecoms service providers in the first quarter of 2021 alone. “For the avoidance of doubt, the update report posted on the Commission’s website on Friday 19th, February, 2021, under…

Women pivotal to socio-economic development , bridging digital divide- Danbatta

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has emphasized the important role played by women in the country’s socio-economic and political space while underscoring the need to empower them in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as an enabler for social change.   Danbatta stated this while delivering a goodwill message at a webinar organised by Zinari Communications Limited with the theme: “Mainstreaming Rural Women Enterprise Development into Digital Economy Initiative: The Opportunities, Strategies and Constraints,” which held on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.…

We are not recruiting,NCC warns job seekers  

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reacted to  the false advertisements being circulated online soliciting applications for a purported recruitment exercise by the Commission for 2021/2022.   The Commission in a statement signed by its Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde stated that :  ‘The Commission is NOT recruiting either directly or through any proxy for any position.’ ” The general public is hereby warned to be wary and vigilant to avoid falling victim to the ploys of fraudsters and scammers who are circulating the false recruitment notices.   ‘The public should note that…

NCC sensitises students on Safer Internet Practice

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has joined the rest of the world to celebrate the Africa Safer Internet Day (ASID), which is the continent’s version of the World Safer Internet Day (WSID), held on February 9 every year.   In marking the Africa Safer Internet Day 2021, with the theme “Positioning and Partnering for Child Online Protection”, NCC’s representatives visited secondary schools in Abuja and Lagos to sensitise and educate students, on how they can use the internet productively, avoid being victims of all forms of cybercrime, and deal with…

NCC boosts NFIU’s operations with ICT Tools

In line with its efforts to support Information and Communication Technology (ICT) usage to enhance operational efficiency in government, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has donated ICT equipment to the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).   The state-of-the-art ICT tools comprised 40 units of HP EliteOne All-in-One desktop G5 with Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD and 10 units of HP EliteBook 830G6 laptops with Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM and 500GB SSD were handed over to the Agency by the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar…

Danbatta highlights role of NCC’s Emergency Communication Centers in Promoting Public Safety

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has said that the activation of Emergency Communication Centers (ECCs) across the country by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) was making far-reaching impact and enhancing the Federal Government’s drive to improve security of lives and property,   Danbatta noted that, at a time when the country is faced with insecurity issues such as  insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and many more life-threatening incidents, including the Covid-19  pandemic, the emergency communications centers, established by NCC across the states and the…

JUST IN: FG extends NIN-SIM linkage deadline by 8 Weeks

The ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) integration exercise has been extended by 8 weeks, with a new deadline of April 6, 2021.  This message was conveyed by the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) during the meeting of the Ministerial Taskforce on NIN-SIM registration which held on the 1st of February, 2021. Dr Pantami stated that the extension was to give Nigerians and legal residents more time to integrate their NIN with the SIM. The meeting was chaired by…