The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) are starting a bilateral relationship that would see the commission training staff of the force in the area of information and communication telecommunication management.
The executive vice chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta made this known when he received the chief of air staff, Air Marshal Abubakar and his team in his office in Abuja.
Danbatta commended the air force chief for recording some feats in the fight against insurgency and other criminal activities across the country, promising to assist the force in building the capacity of its personnel through its subsidiary,the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) in information management and proper deployment of its modern equipment.
The NCC boss also assured the force of NCC’s readiness to provide further assistance in the area of closing the access gaps in the critical areas of their need.
“We have noticed some improvements in the fight against insurgence in the North East and I believe the fight should not be territorially but also aerially. To do this, the knowledge of ICT is important and key,” he said.
Earlier, Abubakar said the force would continue to strengthen its existing strategic partnership with the commission in order to contain emerging 21st century security challenges as well as further develop needed capacity in ICT.
He stated that NAF, being a highly technical service, required knowledgeable personnel with the right technical abilities to deal with the security challenges in the 21st century that are often complicated by rapid technological advancements, hence the need for the partnership, adding NAF, on its part, had continued to seek for ways to build the capacity of its personnel to effectively man its equipment, including ICT facilities that support its intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems in the various theatres of operation.
“The NAF, in furtherance of its aggressive human capacity building initiative, has, within the past three years, trained several personnel in ICT-related fields in United States of America and India, apart from the many others trained locally,” he added.