Presentation of the check by the head of the telecoms regulator, Professor Danbatta
13 universities across the country have been awarded grants worth more than N172 million for various faculty endowments and telecommunications-based innovation research efforts by the Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC.
Presenting the cheques, the Commission’s Executive Vice President, Professor Umar Danbatta, said the grants are in line with the NCC’s strategic vision plan to ensure the advancement of emerging and indigenous technologies.
Professor Danbatta said academia represents the future of the nation’s march towards technological re-engineering; it is therefore necessary to ensure synergy with industry.
He said the global telecom sector is changing rapidly and Nigeria is striving to increase its share in the industry by venturing into telecom-based research and development.
Responding to Vice Chancellor of Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto; one of the recipient institutions, Professor Lawal Bilbis, said the grants were a great incentive that would spur academia to reinvigorate its drive for innovative ideas and discoveries.
Reporting by Olayemi Daniyan; Editing by Tina Oyinsan