Thursday 19th October, 2017
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NCC charges youths to use ICT social media as job creation tool

NCC charges youths to use ICT social media as job creation tool

Maximizing the power of information and communications technology to grow the econ­omy create jobs and enhance national competitiveness was the trusth of discussions at a two day workshop held at the Axari Hotels and Suites , Cala­bar last week..
The workshop which was organized for stake holders in South/South zone by the Na­tional Communication Com­mission, NCC attracted key stake holders from the ICT world from the zone and be­yond to brainstorm on Infor­mation and Communication Technology, ICT utilization and sustainability.
The objectives of work­shop’s was also for stakehold­ers to discuss and evolve in­novative ideas of ensuring growth and sustainability of Community Resource Cen­tres, School knowledge Cen­tres in a way to accelerate the socio--economic develop­ment, especially for quality and equitable education; ef­fectiveness and efficiency of health care system; improve access to markets and infor­mation for small holder farm­ers and social neighbourhood watch, crisis and disaster pre­vention and management.
It was also designed to en­rich the experiences of their implementing partners in­cluding Community Resource Centres’ managers, their cen­tre Desk Officers as well as teachers and students that have benefitted from their school knowledge Centre ini­tiative. Also invited were re­source persons as well as other stakeholders that are interest­ed in deepening ICT penetra­tion and those that work ev­ery day to ensure that Nigeria is not left out in the new global war that is dependent on ICT.
Prof.(Engr) Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Execu­tive, Nigerian Communica­tions Commission who was represented by Mr Kelechi Nwankwo, head of stategy, Universal Service Provision Fund, explained that NCC is implementing an eight point agenda within the strategic vi­sion 2015-- 2020 .
He said the vision is to “ promote innovation, invest­ment, competition and con­sumer empowerment, through the deployment of broadband infrastructure ; to facilitate roll out of broadband services that will open opportunities and higher network quality of ser­vice for all Nigerians..
Speaking earlier on the theme of the event; ‘ICT for Community Empowerment Through Knowledge-Based Development’, Danbatta said, the event was an opportunity for stakeholders to interact with the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) in identifying sustainable solu­tions for The Community Resources Centre (CRS) and School Knowledge Centre (SKC) initiatives.
On cyber crime, he said, “There is a cyber crime which is being operated between the NCC and the office of the se­curity advisers that are man­aging the zone .
The Secretary, Univer­sal Service Provision Fund, USPF, Mr. Ayuba Shuaibu, who was represented by Joke Atte, Principal Manager, USPF explained that the USPF as an agency of the federal govern­ment which is responsible for facilitating the achievement of national policy goals for universal service and univer­sal access to information and communication technologies , ICTs in rural, unserved and underserved areas in Nigeria is contributing substantially to the ERGP objectives on Telecommunications and ICT.
Emphasising on the ICT enabler for increased access to education, Hanso Johnson, the country mentor , Google developers in Nigeria and CEO of Star innovation Hub, said open education is a thriv­ing worldwide movement that has grown over the last ten years to allow learners of all ages, abilities and means to ex­perience authentic learning in both traditional and non tradi­tional settings.
He explained that open edu­cation is now at its core, about free and open sharing. That is, at no cost, noting that Open Educational Resources, OVER are freely accessible, usually openly licenced documents and media that are useful for teaching, learnin, education, assessment and research pur­pose.
On ICT approaches to Pri­mary Health Care Systems strengthening through com­munity involvement, Dr. Francis Ohanyido an ICT4D strategist , Public Health phy­sician and Country’s Direc­tor, founding CEO of Synergy MOB, Africa’s first integrated project explained that though, Nigeria and many develop­ing nations failed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, by 2015, very few low countries met the health relat­ed milestones, noting that the world has however, moved on into the second phase of the Global Development Goals, called the Sustainable Devel­opment Goals with a time line of 2030 .
He said new evidence glob­ally suggest that strengthening communities and getting their buy-in and taking ownership of information communica­tion technologies for health care may strongly accelerate the attainment process to the development goals.

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