NCC; Ongoing Awareness and Engagement programme launched in Nasarawa State, Nigeria.

As part of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) goal to transform the country from social exclusion to an all-inclusive that would guarantee  communications services for all, the commission convened an awareness and engagement programme for persons with disabilities in Lafia, Nasarawa State.  The ongoing programme has accorded the commission opportunity to develop policies and regulatory guidelines that would address concerns of persons with disabilities  regarding ICT accessibility.

In the welcome address read by Mr. Isa Olatiwo Deputy Director, Zonal Operations of the NCC  on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said: ‘An industry consultative meeting on service provision with respect to the disability group which was held in July, 2008 in order to sensitise both operating companies and equipment manufacturers on the need to jointly address challenges faced by people with disabilities. To join the information-rich countries of the world, the government of Nigeria pursued a continuous programme and aggressive market liberalisation policy that has made Nigeria one of the most liberalised telecom markets in the world.’