The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) have agreed to raise a joint committee to come up with ways to improve the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in the country.
The committee would design a framework for collaboration aimed at optimising development efforts for telecommunications and ICT in the country.
A statement signed by Mr Tony Ojobo, the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, in Lagos further said the agreement between the two agencies was the outcome of their interactions.
He said the joint Committee will provide detailed areas of collaboration and terms of reference which will be initiated by the two organisations in due course.
Ojobo urged the committee members to work assiduously to ensure that the objective of the collaboration was realised.
“We have to be mindful of the fact that, the more you introduce services, the more you burden the infrastructure on ground.
“I hope that you (committee) will take cognisance of what you need to do to address the existing capacity of infrastructure.
“What we are looking at is the progress we are steadily making by the day.
“This is to ensure we reach the destination of what we call a networked society, a society that is e-driven, a society that is ICT driven
“We are looking at a society that will be relying on the power and leveraging on ICT to conduct all kinds of businesses.
“The Information Technology sub-sector, and the telecom sector, already work together now in their operations.
“Therefore, if those of us at the helm of affairs that are driving the industry do not work together, we will not go far,” Ojobo said in the statement.