Nigeria: NCC Awards N650 Million Research Grants to 11 Varsities

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has awarded N650 million grants to 11 universities across the country to enable them carry out research and proffer solutions to the challenges in the telecommunication industry.

Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, who presented the grants to the beneficiaries yesterday in Abuja, noted that the commission instituted the grant in recognition of the role of academics in development of the telecommunications sector.He added that the academics provide knowledge resource and research results that facilitate innovations in the industry and other sectors.

Danbatta noted that tertiary institutions submitted detailed out proposals to the commission on innovative use of telecommunications to resolve national problems, adding that NCC received a total of 63 research proposals, while 11 met the set criteria after stringent evaluation.

Director of Research and Development (R&D) at NCC, Ephraim Nwokonneya said the IVT sector was dynamic, knowledge, innovation and research-driven, stressing that virtually all the equipment and technologies currently in use were products of research and innovations carried out outside the country.

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