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NCC CEO urges Nokia networks to boost R&D for Nigerian ICT growth

NCC CEO urges Nokia networks to boost R&D for Nigerian ICT g

Dr. Aminu Maida, the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has pushed Nokia Networks to boost its R&D spending in order to support the growth of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Nigeria.

During a recent visit, a delegation from Nokia Networks of Finland, led by Jarno Syrjala, the Deputy Minister and Under-Secretary of State for International Trade from the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, made this request.

The visit's goal was to look into more prospects for Nokia Networks and the NCC to have mutually beneficial relationships.

Dr. Maida made it clear to the delegation that the Nigerian government is keen to use Nokia's experience in technology transfer, especially in order to help young Nigerians advance their technical skills. 

To promote the nation's digital economy, the government has set a target of teaching three million young people ICT skills. 

He stated, “We are keen on getting the youths employed, as our Ministry is targeting three million youths for skills acquisition,” 

Maida informed the Nokia delegation that research and development (R&D) is a top priority for the Commission because it is the cornerstone of any knowledge-based economy and a tool for advancing innovation. 

The speaker urged Nokia and other OEMs to investigate research and development (R&D) prospects, stressing the significance of advancing local content creation in Nigeria. 

The reason for the visit 
Syrjala congratulated Maida on his appointment by President Bola Tinubu as Nigeria's top telecom regulator, and she clarified that their visit's goal was to find areas of cooperation that could help advance Nigeria's agenda for a digital economy. 

Syrjala emphasised Nokia's continued collaborations with cable operators, telecom service providers, and other organisations in Nigeria, emphasising the company's commitment to providing network systems that are highly efficient, secure, and reliable.  

He also made reference to Nokia's current research and development facility in Nigeria, demonstrating his commitment to raising funding in this field. 

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