On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics and Research, Prof. Oluwole B. Familoni received Mr. Bashir A. Idris, Head, Research and Development, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and other delegates of NCC at the Vice Chancellor’s Conference Room.

The Team visited ahead of a 2-day Roundtable Discussion with Academia, Industry and Stakeholders in the South-West Regions, which the Commission was to hold at the University of Lagos. The Roundtable which held at the Tayo Aderinokun Lecture Theatre focused on the theme: “Synergy by Academia, Industry and Regulators as Accelerator for Innovation, Industry Growth and Sustainability.”

Research and development will drive high-end manufacturing” – Engr. Maska

The Regional Roundtable with Academia, Industry and Stakeholders, which is the second of its kind, commenced with a welcome speech by the Executive Commissioner (Technical Services) of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Engr. Ubale Ahmed Shehu Maska, who was represented by Head, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, NCC, Engr. Wakil Bako, in delivering his speech.

“Research and Innovation” – Prof. Ogundipe

The Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe, FAS, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics and Research, Prof. Oluwole B. Familoni, in his Goodwill Message, welcomed the guests to the University.

Break out form the old and embrace the new” – Prof. Danbatta

The Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, FRAES, FNSE, FAEng, who was represented by the Executive Commissioner (Technical Services) of the NCC, Engr. Ubale Ahmed Shehu Maska, in his speech on the theme of the Roundtable, “Synergy by Academia, Industry and Regulators as Accelerator for Innovation, Industry Growth and Sustainability,” charged participants to open their minds into improving the future of Nigeria through research and innovation.

He enjoined everyone to look at Industry growth in terms of building capabilities and stronger industry systems through collaborative, academia-industry-led approach. Prof. Danbatta challenged academia to study the impact of various practises embarked on by Industry as well as issues peculiar to the Nigerian operating environment on the operational efficiency and service delivery capability and performance by telecommunications industry players, for example, to subscribers.

He posits that this will provide new insights for future use.

The Roundtable was attended by representatives from all the Federal universities, five (5) Federal polytechnics and six (6) each of private universities and polytechnics in the South-West Regions of the country. Also present, were media houses, telecommunications companies and other stakeholders.