The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has doled out N650 million in grants to 11 universities across the country.
The financial aid was meant to enable the universities carry out research and proffer solutions to the challenges in the telecommunication industry.
The executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Professor Umar Danbatta, while presenting the grants to beneficiaries on Tuesday in Abuja, explained that the commission instituted the grant in recognition of the role of academics in development of the telecommunications sector.
He added that the academics provide knowledge resource and research results that facilitate innovations in the industry and other sectors.
Danbatta noted that tertiary institutions submitted detailed proposals to the commission on innovative use of telecommunications to resolve national problems, adding that NCC received a total of 63 research proposals, while 11 met the set criteria after stringent evaluation.
Director of Research and Development (R&D) at NCC, Ephraim Nwokonneya said “the IVT sector was dynamic, knowledge, innovation and research-driven, stressing that virtually all the equipment and technologies currently in use were products of research and innovations carried out outside the country.