Decision to strengthen national security, protect consumer rights – Sources
A major restructuring has taken place at the senior management cadre of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
According to a ThisDay report, the move, 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:
- 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.
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.
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Meanwhile, TechEconomy.ng exclusive findings from multiple sources, around the Commission showed that like a walk in tandem, the staff redeployment was signed by Danbatta and released on Tuesday, the day the SMP was unveiled with various stakeholders in attendance both physical and virtual.
According to the sources, the new redeployment is in continuation of NCC’s ongoing restructuring exercise in the Commission and to ensure each department is properly positioned for optimal performance towards achieving the Commission’s mandate.
“The new redeployment is also Danbatta’s bid to see that there is new thinking and new ideas as well as energy, especially in the compliance and enforcement of regulations, which speaks to national security, especially the issue of improperly-registered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards among others, protection of consumers rights and interests, as well as to ensure effective management of the Commission’s reputation,” sources explained.
TechEconomy.ng was told that “with regards to Efosa’s redeployment, he has been the main man enforcing things here and there and credited with the wonderful enforcement of the many regulations on the licensees including the high profile, unprecedented fine of MTN and so on.”
“So, I think the EVC redeployed him from Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement and moved him to Consumers Affairs so that he can also strengthen the protection of consumers’ rights and interests. You see that consumers are still complaining about data depletion, billing matters and other issues. EVC believes that from his robust knowledge in his previous department, Mr. Efosa will be challenged to demonstrate his skills in his new department to strengthen consumer protection, information, education,” said a source who spoke with TechEconomy.ng earlier on Thursday in Abuja.
According to sources, Nwokenneya, who replaced Efosa, is coming from R&D Department but had been known to have worked in compliance department for many years, is expected by the EVC “to bring fresh ideas on the table on how to ensure improvement in the areas of strengthening of compliance to SIM registration rules by the operators as well as general compliance in the telecoms sector in line with the Federal Government’s agenda to strengthen national security.”
TechEconony.ng further gathered that bringing Adinde on board, as the Director, Public Affairs from his former department, may be one of the best decisions the EVC has taken in the new redeployment.
According to sources, “Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde is a consummate scholar many staff within the Commission and outside stakeholders believe has the charisma, cognate skills and finesse to run and sustain the effective management of the public image of the Commission. He is articulate and possesses public and media relations for effective stakeholder management.
Another source told TechEconomy.ng that Danbatta, having been reappointed based on his sound records of his performance in the last five years, “does not want to take any chances for the next five years, hence the need to make necessary changes where needed, to strengthen the Commission’s regulatory activities in the interest of the country.”
“So, Danbatta identified the need for changes for the actualisation of NCC’s mandate for the next five years and from all indications, the redeployed directors will now be challenged because they know the stakes are high, as they work out strategies to infuse fresh ideas and finesse in the way to run activities of their various departments,” the source said.