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NCC Throws Weight Behind Imo Digital Economy Agenda

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has expressed its readiness to partner with the Imo State Ministry of Digital Economy and E-Government in its digital economy initiative.

The Eastern Updates gathered that the partnership will be effected through the Nigeria Office for Developing Indigenous Telecom Sector (NODITS), established by the National Policy for the Promotion of Indigenous Content in the Nigerian Telecommunications Sector (NPPIC).

The Commissioner for Digital Economy and E-Government, Dr. Chimezie Amadi who received the NCC team from Abuja at the ministry’s headquarters, expressed satisfaction at the visit, stating that partnership is needed at the national and sub-national levels to achieve synergy as stakeholders in the country’s digital transformation agenda.

Amadi revealed that national policies and agenda are short-lived because state governments often fail to key into the Federal Government’s policies.

According to him, the partnership is a sine qua non for building blocks of connectivity between states and the Federal Government.

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To explore opportunities for partnership with NODITS and NCC, Amadi outlined four key areas, namely strategic alliance in teaching and learning facility support, facilitation of exchange programmes and exposure to international conferences, start-up funding and support for Imo start-ups, as well as provision of internship opportunities for SkillUpImo graduates.

Earlier in her speech, the Principal Manager, NODITS/NCC, Dr. Uchechi Biaduo, lauded the commissioner on his achievements in his few months in office, and commended Governor Hope Uzodimma for selecting one of the best brains in NCC to pilot the state’s digital economy.

Principal Manager, Finance and Stakeholder Engagement, NODIT/NCC, Frank Oli, stated that the Imo Ministry of Digital Economy and E-Government had structured its operations in line with the objectives of the nation’s digital agenda.

Voicing his satisfaction, he remarked that Amadi, in his presentation, covered the four key areas of NODITS viz manufacturing, people, services and software, as well as research and development.

Affirming their unflinching partnership, Oli acceded to the proposed partnership opportunities elaborated upon by the state government.

He disclosed that NODITS and NCC’s collaborative efforts would see Imo start-ups participating in JITEX 2023, the biggest tech expo scheduled for October in Dubai, the Nigerian Indigenous Content scheduled for August in Lagos, Hackathon Shows, among others.

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