By Daniel Kolawole/TnTv Network
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta says the present Board of Commissioners at the Commission is a Square peg in Square hole.
Reeling out his Strategic Vision Plan(SVP) and 8 point agenda during the Press Parley with Media Executives, The NCC Boss said at the expiration of his first-term of five years in office as the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC on August 3, 2020, he was reappointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, in June, 2020 and subsequently confirmed by the Senate. Danbatta thanked all key stakeholders for the support before and all through the confirmation.
”As you are aware, at the expiration of my first-term of five years in office as the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive of the NCC on August 3, 2020, I was reappointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, in June, 2020 and subsequently confirmed by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on July 21, 2020. I, therefore, consider myself privileged to be entrusted with the task of steering the regulatory affairs of our telecoms industry for another five years, and I am grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami and the Senate for the vote of confidence and more importantly, for your unreserved support.
Prof. Adeolu Akande assumed Chairmanship of the Board of the Commission in February 2020 after his nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Engr. Ubale Maska remains Executive Commissioner, Technical Services,
Barrister Adeleke Adewolu is the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management.
Non-executive Commissioners include Mr. Clement Omeiza Baiye, Prof. Millionaire Freeborn Abowei, Mr. Aliyu Saidu Abubakar, Malam Salman Abdulazeez and Chief Uche Onwude. Together, the new board of Commissioners will raise the bar of leadership and ensure positive industry growth.”
Speaking further about his Strategic Vision Plan A.K.A (The 8-Point Agenda) The EVC said the last five years was filled with memorable experiences for as the task of leading the regulation of a dynamic sector such as the Nigerian telecommunications industry presents enormous opportunities and challenges. While placing emphasis on the 8-point agenda which is rested on a tripod of ‘A’s; that is; Availability, Accessibility and Affordability of service.
”Gentlemen of the Press, the last five years have been very exciting for me as the task of leading the regulation of a dynamic sector such as the Nigerian telecommunications industry presents enormous opportunities and challenges.
Let me begin, however, with our Strategic Vision Plan (SVP).
The 8-point agenda rested on a tripod of ‘A’s which include Availability, Accessibility and Affordability of service.
Through diligent implementation of each of the elements of the agenda, has significantly and measurably improved digital access and deepened broadband penetration thus expanding the frontiers for a truly national digital economy.”
He reiterated NCC’s commitment towards delivering on its mandate of ensuring quality of service to the consumers, driving investment and boosting healthy competition in the industry as enshrined in the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003.
Danbatta lauded the role of the media in the reportage of the telecom sector over the years and urged the practitioners to continue to be objective and constructive in their coverage of the activities of the Commission and that of its licensees.