Nigeria is not lacking in key Policy and Regulatory frameworks and instruments which will enable her to play a leading role in powering the 4th Industrial Revolution, says Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta.
Prof. Danbatta who is the Executive Vice Chairman/ Chief Executive officer of NCC, while speaking on thursday at the Virtual 3rd discourse series of the advocaat law practice noted that the challenge before the country today is clear.
In his words:”It is one we must approach with the strongest resolve, and with the full co-operation of all critical Stakeholders in order to ensure that “no one is left behind” in the evolving digital future”.
According to him, “We are firmly committed to ensure that Nigerians in Nigeria play a leading role in Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics, Blockchain, Autonomous Vehicle, Drones and other innovative technologies which are now driving growth and national competitiveness.
The NCC boss noted that the Country have maintained a sharp focus on critical cross-cutting aspects like consumer protection, enhancement of competition, data protection and enhancement of trust in digital platforms through the prevention of cybercrimes and other abuses.
He also highlighted – and seek the support of all Stakeholders – on the issue of citizens’ identification and digital identity.
According to him, ” I am sure, is critical to our country’s digital emergence and its future growth.
“As we all know, the Federal Government has articulated a Policy that all Nigerians must possess a unique National Identification Number (NIN) issued by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC); and that the NIN must be linked with all identity databases, particularly the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Registration database. To achieve this, we had to take the difficult decision of suspending the actuation of all new SIMs and to mandate all citizens to link their SIMs to their NINs” he stated.
He said NCC has achieved very significant success in the articulation of a template for the activation of new SIMs linked with authenticated NINs, and that the activation of new SIMs will now be carried out across the country in earnest.
This development further underscores government’s commitment to ensure that all the pre-requisites for our citizens full, effective and productive participation in the digital economy is guaranteed.
He therefore called on all Stakeholders to support these efforts in the overall national interest for a robust citizens’ database that supports socio-economic, health, education, national security and other public interest aspirations of the country.