NCC To Introduce Clean Energy Policies For Telecoms Sector


The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has announced plans to introduce policies that would encourage the sector to adopt clean and sustainable energy sources to reduce carbon emission footprint in the country.

The Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, made the disclosure during a roundtable discussion with the academia, industry and other stakeholders, in Lagos, yesterday.

Speaking on the theme “Refocusing Academic Research towards Alternative Clean Energy: Panacea to Paucity of Energy in the Telecoms Sector,” Danbatta said the globe is confronted by the urgent need to address the challenges posed by climate change and the increasing demand for energy.

With Nigeria’s telecoms sector now worth $75.6 billion, Danbatta who was represented by Executive Commissioner, Technical Services NCC, Ubale Maska, said like many other industries, the telephony industry has a significant role to play in transitioning to a sustainable energy future, stressing that there is responsibility to ensure that the growth of the telecoms sector is achieved in a manner that is environmentally friendly and in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to him, the introduction of the policy would encourage ethical energy sourcing in the telecommunications sector.

Danbatta noted that the policy would serve as a framework for telecoms service providers to adopt clean and sustainable energy sources, reducing their carbon footprint and contributing to a greener future.

“We believe that this policy will not only benefit the environment but also drive innovation and create new business opportunities within the industry.

“However, achieving our objectives requires collaboration and partnership with the academia and other stakeholders,” he said.

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