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Pantami, Danbatta Lead Nigerian Delegation To MWC 2022

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Pantami, Danbatta Lead Nigerian Delegation To MWC 2022

…Meet with US Delegation, OEMs, Others

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The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, accompanied by the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta is leading the Nigerian delegation to the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2022.

The Mobile World Congress, the most influential conference and exhibition of stakeholders in mobile technology, innovation, and connectivity, is taking place in Barcelona from February 28 to March 3, 2022.  The Nigerian delegation will engage global players in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sphere to explore areas of strategic collaboration and investment for accelerating the growth of Nigeria’s emergent digital economy.

The Nigerian delegation is scheduled to participate in at least 33 sessions during MWC, organised by Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA). The gathering attracts the participation of the biggest manufacturers, GSM operators, mobile brands, regulators, and policymakers from across the world, showcasing innovations, new announcements, new products, and emergent innovations.

Among the teams Pantami will lead other participants from Nigeria to meet, are Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), representatives of the World Economic Forum (WEF), and other key actors in the global  ICT ecosystem.

Pantami, Danbatta Lead Nigerian Delegation To MWC 2022
Left-Right: Prof. Muhammad Abubakar, MD, Galaxy Backbone; Prof Babagana Zulum, Governor, Borno State; Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), Minister of Communications and Digital Economy; Ryan Goodnight, Space X, Starlink Market Access Director for Africa; Prof. Umar Danbatta, EVC/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission; and a Space X Starlink Official, during a meeting of the Nigerian delegation with officials of Space X at the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2022 in Barcelona, Spain.
Pantami, Danbatta Lead Nigerian Delegation To MWC 2022
NCC @ the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain; Left-Right: The Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Barrister Adeleke Adewolu; and the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta at the ongoing Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain.
Pantami, Danbatta Lead Nigerian Delegation To MWC 2022
Left-Right: The Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Barrister Adeleke Adewolu; and the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta at the ongoing Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain.

On arrival in Barcelona, Pantami, Danbatta, and the top echelon of the Nigerian delegation hit the ground running by holding purposive strategic talks with Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), a global organization advocating for laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilization.

The discussion focused on spectrum sharing and unlicensed technologies as well as the progress of DSA’s work in this regard, with emphasis on how DSA’s processes will benefit Nigeria. The meeting took place on February 28, 2022.

The same day, the Nigerian delegation also had a meeting with Nokia and discussed potential government initiatives and how NCC and Nokia can collaborate more strategically to accomplish some policy objectives and targets of the institutionalised digital economy processes in Nigeria.

On March 1, aside from participation in other key sessions slated for the day, the Nigerian delegation met SpaceX, a satellite operator to discuss licensing and authorisation issues as they may affect SpaceX.

The Pantami-led delegation equally met with the representatives of the World Economic Forum (WEF) to explore and concretely engage about opportunities within the framework of the EDISON Alliance for Digital Inclusion, and the possibility of Nigeria becoming Lighthouse Country of the Alliance.

EDISON Alliance was launched by WEF to mobilise a global movement to prioritize digital inclusion as foundational to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is envisioned to enhance the attainment of goals towards fostering affordable and accessible digital opportunities for everyone by 2025.

Pantami, Danbatta Lead Nigerian Delegation To MWC 2022
Left-Right: Prof. Muhammad Abubakar, MD, Galaxy Backbone; Prof Babagana Zulum, Governor, Borno State; Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), Minister of Communications and Digital Economy; Ryan Goodnight, Space X, Starlink Market Access Director for Africa; Prof. Umar Danbatta, EVC/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission; and a Space X Starlink Official, during a meeting of the Nigerian delegation with officials of Space X at the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2022 in Barcelona, Spain.

One significance of the deliberations with WEF is the readiness to leverage relationship with EDISON Alliance to accelerate and foster unprecedented collaboration between the ICT community and other critical sectors of the economy in order to advance Nigeria’s vision on financial inclusion.

Indeed, on March 1, 2022, the Nigerian delegation is also scheduled to discuss with the MTN team, and thereafter proceed to attend a demo at Meta’s Exhibition Stand, where the CEO of Meta and owner of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is to call for global partnership to build the next world virtual reality (metaverse). A metaverse is a network of 3D virtual worlds focused on social connection.

On March 2, 2022, the Nigerian delegation will meet a United States (US) delegation to discuss collaboration on telecommunications and related ICT issues. The Nigerian delegation will also engage the exhibition by Huawei Technologies as well as chat with the company’s senior executive management.

Speaking at the influential, global technology congress, Pantami said “The high-level discussion which Nigerian delegation is having with both original equipment manufacturers and other key players in the ICT world will enhance deeper alliance, collaboration and bilateral synergy required to accelerate Nigeria’s vision for a real digital economy.”

Amplifying the Minister’s voice, Danbatta said Nigeria’s participation at the event on an annual basis is based on the realisation that “MWC provides a vibrant deal-making environment for attendees, as it also remains a truly international exhibition attracting decision-makers in the mobile ecosystem which Nigeria is keen to explore to grow its telecoms and ICT industry.”

The 2022 MWC is being attended by mostly senior executives and management staff of over 2000 companies, institutions, and entities from 183 countries.

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“NCC Committed To Promoting Organizational Efficiency, Capacity Building” – Danbatta

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NCC committed to promoting organizational efficiency, capacity building

…set to strengthen strategic collaboration with NIM

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has once again reiterated its stance on professionalizing its workforce and strengthening collaborations with strategic partners such as the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) in order to enhance operational efficiency.

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC Prof. Umar Danbatta, stated this while receiving a delegation led by the Acting Registrar and CEO of NIM, Jude Iheanacho, who paid a courtesy visit to the NCC Head Office recently.

NCC committed to promoting organizational efficiency, capacity building
Left-Right: Folorunso Mesele, Principal Manager, Human Capital, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Tony Iloabachie, Assistant Manager, Abuja Office, Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM); Ibrahim Dogarai, Head, Administration, NCC; Emeka Iwelunmor, Head, Abuja Office, NIM; Usman Malah, Director, Human Capital and Administration, NCC; Jude Iheanocho,Acting Registrar/CEO, NIM; Nancy Usman, Secretary, Maitama Chapter and member of the Faculty, Tunji Jimoh, Deputy Director, Administration, NCC; Dr. Shafi Ndanusa, Assistant Director, Administration, NCC at the meeting that took place in the NCC Head Office, Maitama, recently.
NCC committed to promoting organizational efficiency, capacity building
Malah and Iheanocho during the courtesy call
NCC committed to promoting organizational efficiency, capacity building
Management of the two organisations, deliberating.

Director, Human Capital and Administration, Usman Malah, who represented the EVC at the event, noted that the Commission places a high premium on capacity building and is implementing policies geared towards achieving this vital objective. Malah also said that it was in the Commission’s best interest to deepen its collaboration with NIM, through strategic partnering, so that NCC can improve organisational efficiency and regulatory excellence.

Speaking further, Malah declared that the Commission’s faith in the transformational capacity of skilled human resources is demonstrated by the Commission’s support to staff who are members of the Institute. The support includes prompt payment of membership fees for its staff; and subscription to and participation in NIM’s mandatory capacity building programmes for members.

Malah promised to make recommendations to the Management of the Commission to take additional steps in solidifying the strategic relationship, such as setting up a joint committee of the two bodies to draw up modalities for inter-agency collaboration.

Iheanacho, in his response, lauded NCC for its positive contribution to the telecommunications sector and also said a highly-skilled, highly professional workforce was needed to regulate the dynamic, competitive, and highly intellectual world of telecommunications. The NCC, Ihenacho observed, has been an exemplary public sector institution noted for its proactive, all-inclusive engagement of stakeholders in the telecoms sector.

NCC committed to promoting organizational efficiency, capacity building
Mesele and Jimoh, at the event.
NCC committed to promoting organizational efficiency, capacity building
NCC committed to promoting organizational efficiency, capacity building
NCC committed to promoting organizational efficiency, capacity building

The NIM Chief Executive, who acceded that there was a need for strategic partnership between the two organisations, also declared that there were a variety of emergent upskilling programmes by NIM aimed at ensuring that Nigeria was in tune with global trends.

Iheanacho also informed the Commission that programmes such as the Mandatory Continuing Professional Education Programme; and the Continuing Learning and Development programmes were examples of programs that dealt with contemporary issues in management which NCC can leverage for improved workplace efficiency.

The Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) was established in 1961, through the enabling Act, the Nigerian Institute of Management (Establishment) Act was enacted by the National Assembly on July 19, 2003.

The objectives of the institute include the development of good management, professionalizing management, and improving and standardizing management in Nigeria.

The reception of the NIM team and the interaction took place at the NCC Conference Hall and was attended by the Head of Administration at NCC, Ibrahim Aliyu; Head of Human Capital, Safiya Jijji, who was represented by Folorunsho Mesele, a Principal Manager in the Human Capital Department.

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NCC Advises On Automatic Updates Of Antiviruses To Avoid Vulnerabilities

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has advised telecom consumers and other Information and Communications Technology (ICT) end-users on the need to always enable automatic update features for AVAST and AVG antiviruses to prevent potential cyber vulnerabilities.

This was contained in a new advisory released by the Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), the cybersecurity centre for the telecom sector established by the Commission, in continuation of its resolve to always keep Nigerians safe in cyberspace.

The advisory noted that cyber vulnerability in AVAST and AVG Antiviruses can lead to attacks on millions of devices with high impact in terms of consequences to the ICT user. The threat types as a result of this vulnerability are Bypass Authentication, Remote Code Execution, and Unauthorised Access while consequences range from Privilege Escalation, Bypass Security Products, Overwrite systems Components and corruption of the Operating System.

According to CSIRT, researchers at SentinelOne security firm have discovered two potentially damaging vulnerabilities in AVAST and AVG antivirus products that allow attackers to escalate privileges enabling them to disable security products and overwrite system components, corrupt the operating system, or perform malicious operations unimpeded.

“Two vulnerabilities identified as CVE-2022-26522 and CVE-2022-26523 targeted the “Anti Rootkit” driver of Avast antivirus (also used by AVG) allowing an attacker with limited privileges on the targeted system to execute code in system mode (kernel mode) and take complete control of the device. Moreover, the vulnerabilities allow complete take-over of a device, even without privileges, due to the ability to execute code in kernel mode,” the CSIRT said in the advisory.

However, the cybersecurity center has offered a tripartite measure that should be taken by Internet/ICT users to prevent being vulnerable to cyber threats. They include enabling the automatic update features for AVAST and AVG antiviruses, upgrading AVAST and AVG antiviruses to version 22.1.2504, as well as carrying out regular patch management.

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Danbatta Applauds Pantami’s Appointment As WISIS Chair

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…Hon. Minister has been playing in driving fundamental digital economy policies – Danbatta

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The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has congratulated the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on his appointment as the Chairman of the 2022 World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Danbatta described the choice of the Minister as chair of the Forum as a worthy recognition of Nigeria’s leadership role in the global digital economy ecosystem, noting that Nigeria has continued to hold a front-row seat in the promotion of information and communication technology (ICT) as a driving force for national development since the assumption of office of the Minister.

“On behalf of the Board, Management, and Staff of the Nigerian Communications Commission, I want to express our profound delight and congratulations to the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on his well-deserved appointment by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to chair this year’s WSIS Forum”, Danbatta stated.

“The appointment did not surprise us at NCC, given the important role the Hon. Minister has been playing in driving fundamental digital economy policies, being implemented by agencies under his supervision, in order to boost the diversification policy of the Federal Government,” the EVC said.

“We are, therefore, happy to associate with the Minister on this feat, as it means greater recognition for Nigeria. The appointment is an indication that the world has continued to take notice of the giant strides of Nigeria’s digital economy under the supervision of the Minister.

The NCC will continue to do everything within its regulatory mandate to further support the Federal Government’s drive for ubiquitous, affordable, and accessible digital services across all nooks and crannies of the country,” Danbatta said.

Following consultations with various stakeholders, the ITU recently notified the Minister via a letter, of his appointment as the 2022 WSIS Chairman.

The ITU is orgainsing the WSIS 2022 Forum in collaboration with other agencies with the United Nations with a focus on “ICTs for Well-Being, Inclusion, and Resilience: WSIS Cooperation for Accelerating Progress on the SDGs”.

As has been noted elsewhere, the appointment of Prof. Pantami has given Nigeria, and indeed, the African continent, the unique role of coordinating the activities of the WSIS in its 20th year, following the WSIS Phase I meeting which took place in 2003.

The WSIS Forum 2022, which will be attended by several high-level stakeholders, including Cabinet Ministers from ITU countries, will serve as a key platform to discuss the role of ICTs as a means to bolster the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals targets. The discourse will take place in the context of the mechanism for follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UNGA Resolution A/70/1).

The WSIS Forum also provides an opportunity to track the achievements of WSIS Action Lines in collaboration with the UN Agencies involved and provides information and analysis on the implementation of WSIS Action Lines since 2005. The Forum aims at enhancing cooperation, partnership, innovation, exchange of experiences, and good practices in ICTs for sustainable development across the world.

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