The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) have joined forces to accelerate the digitization reform process in the country. The collaboration was formalized through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organizations.

In a statement released by the NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Reuben Muoka, it was revealed that the Executive Vice-Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, expressed the significance of this partnership in alignment with NCC’s Strategic Vision Plan (SVP), which emphasizes cooperation with relevant stakeholders.

Prof. Danbatta highlighted that the MoU would facilitate enhanced efficiency and productivity by encompassing essential elements of enabling policies and implementing institutions, crucial for successful digital transformation.

Furthermore, he emphasized the NCC’s commitment to driving broadband penetration, as it serves as the foundation upon which the digitization process can flourish. The Nigerian National Broadband Plan document has made adequate provisions for the widespread deployment of broadband infrastructure across the nation, a pivotal factor in achieving this goal.

Danbatta said: “After the process, governance will be paperless, and chief executive officers will be able to deal with mail without necessarily signing most things offline because virtually everything will be done online. Indeed, the transition will be worth it, as the process is associated with efficiency, which naturally results from operating a paperless system of governance or administration at the level of entities such as the BPSR and NCC.

“We attach much importance to the way and manner we collaborate with sister agencies of the government to give translation. To ensure the actualization of that important item of our Strategic Vision Plan is strategic collaboration and partnership, it explains why we are signing this MoU.”

In his response, the Director-General of BPSR, Dasuki Arabi said that the bureau decided to work with the commission in driving the reforms for the adoption of emerging technologies. This, he said, was a result of NCC’s emergence as the first organization to win its Platinum Award, exceeding expectations in the way it conducts its businesses.

“Historically speaking, this partnership had begun in 2016 when the Commission became the first agency of government to undergo the BPSR online Self-Assessment Tool (SAT).  At the end of the assessment, NCC emerged as the first agency to be rated Platinum Organization by the Tool, having exceptionally exceeded expectations in all good practices built around nine domain areas.

“The MoU will also help foster a high degree of cooperation between Federal and State governments in improving service delivery. It will also address the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index to significantly improve a safe and secure environment that encourages economic growth and investment,” he said.

Arabi said the MoU would provide a window of opportunity to consolidate efforts to deliver robust and resilient public service that would lead to a well-functioning federal system wherein zero-tolerance for corruption was made practicable.

He added that efforts to improve equitable and unhindered access to government information and services were producing a direct impact on the socio-economic development of the country.

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