December 5, 2020

The Face of the new SMP recently unveiled by the Minister of communication and Digital Economy, Dr Is a Ali Pantami is captured in the acronym: “ASPIRE 2024” (A: Advancement through S: Strategy P: Professionalism I: Innovation and R: Regulatory E: Excellence).

Towards this end, the Nigerian Telecom Regulatory Body. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has undertaken a major restructuring at its senior management cadre. A source disclosed.


The move, according to sources close to the commission, was in line with the renewed commitment by the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, to inject new ideas and energy into some aspects of the organisation’s regulatory activities, following his reappointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.


The senior staff members affected by the reemployment, include the Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Department, Mr. Efosa Idehen; Director, Public Affairs Department, Dr. Henry Nkemadu; Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, and Director, Research and Development (R and D) Department, Mr. Ephraim Nwokonneya.

Prof. Umar Danbatta (EVC, NCC)


THISDAY reliably gathered that the change took immediate effect, as Idehen has now assumed new position as Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, while Nwokonneya is the Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Department.
Similarly, Adinde is going to be the new face of the commission’s public relations as the Director, Public Affairs Department, while Nkemadu has been redeployed to the Research and Development department of the commission, where he was a deputy director before he was promoted and moved to Public Affairs department last year.


According to the sources, motivated by the new confidence in his reappointment as the EVC/CEO of the commission, Danbatta has since been taking more proactive measures to demonstrate renewed vigour and commitment to strengthen regulatory activities of the commission.


The new commitment by Danbatta is already manifesting in the launching of a new Strategic Management Plan (SMP) 2020-2024 for the commission in Abuja last Tuesday, which encapsulated the strategy the commission intended to deploy to achieve its strategic goals in the next five years, especially its mandate toward accelerating national digital economy vision of the federal government in the next five years.


It was gathered that the redeployment of Efosa, who had been the chief enforcer in the commission for about five years, and had a number of the achievements under him such as the successful enforcement of the MTN’ fine to its credit, was also strategic.

About NCC’ SMP 2020 – 2024

SMP 2020 – 2024 is the visioning document of the Commission for planning, monitoring, analysing, and assessment of the Commission to meet its goals and set objectives. It has five pillars, which include regulatory excellence, universal broadband, promote development of digital economy, market development; and strategic partnering and 25 intended outcomes.  Five critical success factors identified for the implementation of the Strategy include: ownership and commitment, effective communication, human resource capacity, development of and adherence to a strategy development manual; and implementation discipline.

 Credit: Thisday Newspaper

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