The Nigerian Communications Commission has created a digital economy department that will be responsible for implementing digital economy programmes and policies of the Federal Government.
The governing board of the commission approved the creation of the new department at its last meeting, a statement titled ‘Creation of Digital Economy Department’ issued on Tuesday by the Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, said.
The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said the creation of the new department was in line with the commission’s strategy to create a dedicated team that would be solely responsible for the promotion of digital economy.
Danbatta said, “Placing the newly-created department under the office of the EVC also underscores the importance the commission places on the need to successfully drive the overall national digital economy strategy of the government through
ensuring its effective monitoring and supervision.”
Danbatta explained that the broadband implementation unit in the commission as well as the workers in the unit had been moved to the newly-created digital economy department.
He said an Assistant Director in the Special Duties Department, Babagana Digima, had been moved and designated as the pioneer head of the new department.
The EVC said the commission was poised to play a significant role in the overall implementation of the digital economy policy and strategy.
Danbatta said the new department would focus on working with the eight pillars of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy as well as overseeing the implementation of National Broadband Plan 2020-2025.
The NDEPS is a national policy document that was unveiled by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) in November 2019 to add the needed impetus to the actualisation of the Federal Government’s Economy Recovery and Growth Plan.
Danbatta explained that apart from infusing new dynamism into the existing digital economy function, the creation of the new department amplifies the commission’s regulatory excellence, which is one of the five pillars of its Strategic Management Plan 2020-2024.
Source: Punch July 8 2020