The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said it had so far released a total of $0.908 million (N345.4 million) as research grants to academia and as endowment of professorial chairs in two Nigerian higher institutions. The Executive Vice Chairman of the commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who disclosed this during his keynote address at the 5th Nigeria Innovation week held yesterday, said the grants were aimed at driving innovation through promoting local content development in the telecoms sector. “We have also empowered the Nigerian youths by promoting their ingenuity and innovation on developing locally-relevant technology solutions.
The latest of such was the NCC Virtual Hackathon, where the Commission gave out N9 million in grant to three top tech startups with the most promising innovative solutions for COVID-19,” the EVC added. Danbatta said that the commission placed emphasis on growing the digital economy in collaboration with sister agencies under the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, hence, it has also created a Digital Economy Department principally for implementing programmes and policies aimed at fully supporting and promoting the national digital economy agenda of the Federal Government…
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