NCC chief Maida urges Nokia to invest in Nigeria's ICT R&D

NCC chief Maida urges Nokia to invest in Nigeria’s ICT R&D

The Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Aminu Maida, has announced a research and development (R&D) commitment to Nokia Networks to support the growth of information and communications. We called for increased investment in. Technology (ICT) in Nigeria.

Mr. Maida spoke during a recent visit to the Commission by a Finnish Nokia Networks delegation led by Jarno Siljala, Deputy Minister for International Trade at the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to explore further opportunities for mutually beneficial relations.

He told the delegation that the Nigerian government has a strong interest in leveraging Nokia’s capabilities and supporting the technical skills of Nigerian youth through technology transfer.

The Nigerian government aims to train 3 million youths in ICT skills to drive the country’s digital economy.

“We are committed to youth employment as our ministry aims to upskill 3 million youth,” EVC said.

Maida informed the Nokia delegation that the Commission prioritizes research and development as the foundation of any knowledge economy and for the advancement of innovation.

He therefore urged Nokia and other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to explore R&D opportunities to deepen local content development in Nigeria.

While congratulating Maida on his appointment by President Bola Tinubu as Nigeria’s Chief Telecommunications Regulator, Siljala said the purpose of the visit was to explore areas of cooperation to support Nigeria’s digital economy agenda. .

Siljala said Nokia continues to partner with telecommunications service providers, cable operators and other telecommunications operators in Nigeria to deliver critical network systems with high performance, reliability and security. I remembered that.

He said Nokia already has a research and development center in Nigeria and would seek to make further investments in this regard.


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