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NCC boss, Dambata reveals how tech-driven telecommunications industry contributed $70bn to Nigeria’s economy

Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Danbatta, said the technology-driven telecommunicat...



Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Danbatta, said the technology-driven telecommunications industry has contributed $70 billion to Nigeria’s economy.


Danbatta made this disclosure in his Keynote speech at a Cyberchain event in Abuja while speaking on “Using Technology to grow Nigeria’s GDP”.


He noted that the impact of technology on the nation, indeed any society, has been tremendous.


Danbatta represented by the Principal Manager of Digital Economy, NCC, Mrs Ella Ehi, highlighted that Nigeria’s adoption of 5G, E-commerce, Fintech, and Big data have boosted the country’s revenue generation capacity.


According to him, “Nigeria’s adoption of digital technologies has enabled it to diversify its revenue and economy, created jobs, improved services and efficiency, reduced wastages, and optimised resources available”.


“Telecommunications has contributed over $70 billion to the Nigerian economy, provided over 500,000 jobs in the formal and informal sectors, and improved the lives of millions of Nigerians.


“Most Nigerians today cannot comprehend life without mobile phones. Presently, the liberalised telecommunications sector has brought with it, instant messaging, instant information, financial inclusion, telemedicine, smart farming, eCommerce, and virtual learning, however, the best is yet to come.


He added that “the benefits of technology are endless, and with technology becoming affordable, accessible, and available, these benefits will increase tremendously”.


Earlier in his opening remarks, the Convener, CyberChain Abuja, Jude Ozinegbe, said Nigeria is currently moving in the right direction towards embracing the gains of the tech ecosystem.


“We are moving from Analog to digital, some people seem to have been left behind, that is why we have decided to gather leaders in the space to educate us. We have leaders in this space that have seen the possibility and opportunity in this ecosystem.


“This is my contribution to expanding digital economy in Nigeria. As much as you can, contribute something positive about the space to amplify the good tidings within the ecosystem”.


He said with proper knowledge of Blockchain, Nigeria youths can earn by using their phones and data.


On his part, a Crystocurrency Investigator, A and D Forensic, Adedeji Owonibi urged Nigeria youths to embrace the gains of Blockchain technology.


Speaking on the topic, “Blockchain Forensics and criminal elements, Owonibi said a better dimension has been added to Blockchain and Digital technologies in Nigeria with the participation of the government.


“If you are criminal within the Blockchain space, you could do anything in Nigeria, however with our coming and government involvement, we all have a part to play in bringing sanity in the sector.


He said, decentralisation is a blessing for the ‘good guys’ in the Blockchain sector, while a bad thing for those using it criminally.


He called for responsibility on the part of Nigerians in a bid to harness Blockchain opportunities.


“If you have any business in blockchain make sure you are compliance with rules and be crypto security conscious”, he said.


Blockchain technology is a decentralized, distributed ledger that stores the record of ownership of digital assets.

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