The Minister of Communications and Electronic Financial state, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has supplied the new Chairman, Board of Commissioners of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Adeolu Akande, a marching order to strike the ground managing by supplying required way for productive regulation of the telecom business in Nigeria.
Pantami gave the cost on Thursday (13/02/2020) during the swearing-in ceremony for Akande, who is symbolizing the South West zone, as the Chairman of NCC Board of Commissioners, and Main Uche Onwude, the commissioner symbolizing the South-East zone. The occasion took place at the Minister’s place of work in Abuja.
The Minister mentioned the NCC Board led by Akande ought to “hit the floor running”. The Minister, who explained “there is no time for celebrations now and no time for honeymoon”, declared that “we would congratulate the NCC Board following you should have completed your tenure with resounding successes and achievements that have good effect on Nigerians.”
The Minister emphasised the need to have for the NCC Board to absolutely sanitise the sector of improperly-registered Subscriber Identification Selection (SIM) cards and to build rules on the variety of SIM cards an person or organisation can have at any distinct time, as perfectly as assure seamless integration of SIM information with the nationwide database of the Countrywide Identification Administration Fee (NIMC).
In the meantime, Prof. Akande, who spoke immediately after the oath of office environment, assured of his readiness to do the job with other customers of the Board and Administration crew of the Fee to exceed expectation in providing good quality instructions for efficient polices of the nation’s telecommunications field.
Akande, who served as Chairman of the Board of National Data Technology Enhancement Agency (NITDA) ahead of his present appointment, reported there is no question that the NCC, as the nation’s telecom regulator, has a main job to play in the growth of the Nigerian overall economy, specially in the area of efficient regulation that can carry efficiency throughout sectors.
Akande is enthusiastic that the telecommunication sector will make improvements to its contribution to the GDP and enhance the standing of the stability architecture of the region.
Prof. Akande reported: “We want to thank everyone who has been with us due to the fact our nomination by the President in the last two months. There is no doubt that NCC has a big job to participate in in our countrywide daily life at this time, in particular in the area of protection. For occasion, a lot of persons on the avenue believe that that protection of life and property will be bolstered the moment NCC is ready to thoroughly deal with issues connected to Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) registration due to the fact we would have aided to take care of a vital share of our protection difficulty significantly”.
“I know our Minister is an individual, who generally sets significant expectations and criteria. I have labored with him at NITDA and I know he is any person who typically expects the ideal from his team. To this conclude, I give you the commitment of the Board and management of NCC to perform jointly to meet up with and exceed expectations,” he stated. Akande also thanked all relatives and mates who attended the occasion.
Akande, a professor of political science and noteworthy scholar of media and politics, was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari as Chairman of NCC Board on December 23, 2019. He was subsequently verified on February 5, 2020 by the Senate, the upper chamber of Nigeria’s federal bicameral legislature.
With the swearing-in of Akande and Onwude, NCC now has a entirely-constituted Board of Commissioners as stipulated in the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003, and all the 6 geopolitical zones are represented on the Board.
Although giving the Vote of Thanks, Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Government Vice Chairman and Chief Government Officer of NCC, expressed the Commission’s gratitude to the Minister for his constant aid to the Fee and asked for the Minister to kindly convey the Commission’s appreciation to the President for “ensuring that we now have the full complement of the NCC board customers.”