Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has bemoaned the irregular power supply, which he said has adversely affected the nation’s telecommunications industry.
Danbatta said the epileptic power supply in the country had not only caused poor service delivery but had also increased operational cost of the telcos.
He was addressing the 6th annual conference of the Renewable & Alternative Energy Society of Nigeria (RAESON) held at the National Centre for Energy Research and Development, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, who was represented by NCC’s Director Technical Standards, Engr. Fidelis Onah, said that RAESON is a critical stakeholder in telecommunications since its contributions would help telecoms providers to deliver effective and efficient services to rural areas who are still struggling with lack of power and access.
Speaking on the theme of the conference, “Renewable Energy in the National Energy Mix”.
According to him, “Renewal and alternative energy sources have been in the forefront of proffering solutions to the challenges and crisis of global energy demands. It is one easy way of achieving cheap energy source and penetration. And this is not only about cost but also about its availability and sustainability.”
He further explained that, “No country can develop, especially the small scale industry without good sustainable and affordable energy source. Bringing solution to this industry will go a long way into alleviating the problems of unemployment and high cost of living.”