Telecomms Local Content Development: Stakeholders Advocate Speedy Implementation

Stakeholders in the Nigerian Telecommunications Industry have expressed their commitment towards ensuring the enactment of a local content law in the Telecommunication industry which would further promote the development of the subsector, and the country at large.

At a forum organized in Lagos by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in collaboration with the Office for Nigeria Content Development in ICT (ONC), Stakeholders expressed optimism in the promising potentials of effective local content legislation within the telecomms industry.

In his remark the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of the NCC, who was represented by Mrs Funmilola Akiode the Director, Licensing and Authorisation NCC, identified some of the ways through which the commission plans to provide an enabling environment for the actualization of local content development in the telecommunications subsector.

The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), who was represented by , Dr Inyi Kemabonta the Director, Standards and regulation ONC stated that the lack of a local content policy within the sector translates into huge economic loss of revenue for the country.

He harped on the need to drive local content in resuscitating the receeding economy. He further expressed the guidelines, trends, and initiatives which NITDA has deployed in developing local content in Nigeria.

Also at the forum was the Member House Committee on Local Content, Hon. Oghene Emma Egho, who assured stakeholders of the support of the Legislature in ensuring that a wholistic Local Content Act is developed. He urged the forum to come up with a timetable and forward their resolution to the House of Assembly, so that the law-making process can begin.

From the private sector, Engineer Lanre Ajayi identified the absence of enabling policies to enforce local content adoption by telcos, as a major challenge. He urged government to implement the necessary policy that will stimulate local content development in the country.

Various stakeholders also expressed their views on the forum.

As the country faces the grim reality of the economic recession, it is imperative that local content is encouraged in order to create jobs, increase government revenue, and develop the telecommunication subsector.

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