The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta at the weekend hosted an interactive session with senior media chiefs from the mainstream and online media community where he gave impressive accounts of his stewardship as the Chief Telecoms Regulator in the last five years.
The event, held at the NCC’s Communications and Digital Economy Complex, Mbora, Abuja, was attended by the top-notch of the fourth estate of the realm both physically and virtually, as well as the senior management of the Commission, including the Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management, Adeleke Adewolu.
Addressing the forum, Danbatta, who was recently reappointed for another five years in office following the expiration of his first term in August 2015, eloquently enunciated his major policy initiatives that have produced record broadband penetration and enhanced the growth in the telecoms sector, especially in the contribution to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
He also reeled out NCC’s regulatory priority areas for the next five years to include;
- facilitating the attainment of 70 per cent broadband penetration by 2025;
- consumer protection and empowerment; and
- consolidation of spectrum trading to ensure maximum and efficient usage of available frequencies.
Other areas of focus, according to him, will include;
- continuous SIM registration audit to provide security and curtail incidences of banditry, kidnapping, and armed robbery;
- creation of Emergency Communications Centres (ECCs) in more states of the federation; and
- execution of the counterpart funding agreements with the licensed Infrastructure companies (InfraCos) to facilitate the digital transformation of the economy.
The EVC also reiterated the Commission’s commitment towards delivering on its mandate of ensuring the 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.