The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) at the weekend made a donation of 100 mattresses to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp, Kubwa, Abuja, as replacement for the ones looted during EndSars protest of last year.
Speaking at the presentation of the 100 mattresses and phones at the orientation camp at the executive vice chairman of the commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said the act was in line with the commission’s corporate social responsibility (CSR).
He added that the youth are not only to play a great role in nation building, but also contribute to national development and are responsible for bringing social reforms.
He said the commission as the foremost regulator in Nigeria’s telecom industry had been supporting the youth through various projects and activities aimed at making them self-reliant and enhancing their contribution to the economy, citing the young innovators as one of such programmes.
He also said that the Commission was utilizing every opportunity to educate and enlighten the teeming telecom consumers on the programmes and activities of the commission. “It is a well-known fact that telecommunication services are critical to the overall socio-economic well-being of every economy.
“It provides a technological foundation for societal communications and plays a critical role in the fundamental operations of a society-from business to government to families. “It has become the centre of our everyday life
“Telecommunication has opened up opportunities for business to thrive. Businesses have particularly taken advantage of sophisticated telecom systems such as video conferencing, video calling and on-line marketing to improve productivity, better customer services and increased growth which invariably have boosted the economy.
“This became more apparent during the critical period of COVID -19 pandemic where telecom services enabled online learning for students, video conferencing, mobile communications and meetings for businesses, conferences, seminars and much more, thereby making social distancing more tolerable,” he said.
Danbatta who was represented by the Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, charged the corps members to go to their various places of primary assignments to be ambassadors of NCC, sharing the information you have received for the benefit of other telecom consumers.
Receiving the item, the NYSC FCT coordinator, Abdul Suleiman expressed delight over the support. He said miscreants in 2020 left the camp devasted and commended the NCC for the solidarity and support shown to the NYSC family towards the welfare of corps members.