The Nigerian Telecommunications Commission (NCC ) says it has spent N500million on research in the Nigerian Universities.
Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, executive vice chairman of NCC stated this during the regional round table meeting with the academia, industry, and other stakeholders held in Kano.
According to him, the commission has invested over five hundred million Naira for funding research on the telecom sector in the Nigerian University system.
.He told the audience that the essence of the stakeholder’s meeting was to fine-tune modalities of commercialization of research output NCC sponsored in the Nigerian University system.
The idea, he said, was to enhance ways of commercialising the prototypes so that they can be deployed in improving the delivery of telecom services, as well as improving the quality of the services.
”Technology is an ongoing process it keeps changing, and developing new technologies, so you cannot just sit down and continue doing things the same way and expect results, if you want better results you must explore such opportunity through research and development “
The NCC boss noted that the commission would provide the necessary funding aimed at ensuring that the research and development are sustained.
He added that NCC has invested over half a billion Naira in various research within the Nigerian university system.
In their separate remarks, the vice-chancellors of Ahmadu Bello Zaria, Usman Danfodio University Sokoto and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi described the stakeholder’s meeting as timely.
The meeting was attended by members of the Telecom industry and other stakeholders.