The National Institute of Security Studies, NISS, has engaged the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, to advance strategic collaboration to enhance the application of Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) to improve national security.
Speaking during a visit to the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, at the theNCC’ss Head Office in Abuja, the Institute’s Director, Research Estimates and Library Services, Dr Adegboyega Karim, said the Institute came on a fact-finding mission to enrich ongoing research focusing on globalization and regional integration for sustainable development in Africa.
NISS Seeks NCC’s Collaboration To Improve National Security
Dr Karim led the Commission of a team delegation of Executive Intelligence Management Course Sixteen Participants (EIM16), a study group with representations from various security agencies under the auspices of NISS, typically senior officers in security agencies, including the military, police, intelligence services, and other relevant agencies.
He noted that the Commission has made giant strides in advancing the digital economy development in Nigeria. Its regulatory processes provide an excellent opportunity for collaboration to enable the group to research further into telecommunications and national security matters.
Director, Special Duties of the Commission, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, who received the team on behalf of Danbatta, affirmed the readiness of the Commission to collaborate with the Institute, and any private and public institution focused on national development.
Reiterating the progress made in ICTs, Dr Adinde said it is within this context “that the Commission continued to promote the deployment of robust digital infrastructure capable of supporting and improving the security of lives and property.
“As a way of consolidating on the tremendous successes that had been recorded in the telecoms industry through effective regulatory regime emplaced by the Commission, the Federal Government has formulated several policies such as” the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP) and the NationaNCC’sital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), among others, serve as a compass for our efforts at building a resilient digital economy that supports security,” he said.
Dr Adinde educated the visiting panel on the NCC’s efforts towards ensuring adequate protection for telecoms facilities across the nooks and crannies of the country where it is treated as Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), the building of Emergency Communications Centres (ECCs) across states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as well as a series of teamwork with relevant agencies to ensure usefully connectivity with individuals and organizations.
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