L-R: Aliyu Ibrahim, Head of Administration at NCC; Olusegun Olusa, Director of Environmental Services, STDD; Usman Malah, Director of Human Capital &Administration, NCC; Obinna Francis, Coordinator of STDD; Obikwe Amaechi, Director of Regional Infrastructure, STDD; and Isiagu I. O, Director of Town Planning & Survey, STDD, at the NCC Headquarters in Abuja, FCT, recently Photo: NCC

Agency solicits NCC’s collaboration on telecoms development in FCTA satellite towns

*The Satellite Towns Development Department, an agency of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, intimates the Management of Nigerian Communication Commission with STDD’s strides in activating its mandate and seek NCC’s buy-in towards ensuring availability of telecoms infrastructure in the satellite towns

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

The Satellite Towns Development Department (STDD), an agency of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Abuja, FCT, has sought the support and collaboration of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in ensuring state-of-the-art satellite towns development befitting of a federal capital.

Obinna Ogwuegbu, Coordinator of STDD, stated this when he led an 11-man delegation on a courtesy call to the Commission, in Abuja, recently.

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Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, stated Ogwuegbu said that the main objective of the visit was to intimate NCC management with the strides being made by the development agency on its mandate and to seek NCC’s buy-in toward ensuring availability of telecoms infrastructure in the satellite towns.

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The Coordinator of STDD said: “The STDD is a Government Establishment operating under the Federal Capital Territory Administration, with a mandate to develop the Satellite Towns of the Federal Capital Territory by providing engineering infrastructure such as district infrastructure, rural/link roads, water and electricity supply, environmental sanitation, and town planning to the Satellite Towns.”

Ogwuegbu also noted the NCC as the telecoms regulator, which is intimately connected to facilitating digital connectivity infrastructure, will be requested to support STDD in facilitating the development and roll out of telecoms/engineering infrastructure across the satellite towns through its licensees and other initiatives.

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Responding to the request, Usman Malah, Director of Human Capital and Administration of the telecoms regulatory Commission, who received the STDD’s delegation on behalf of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta,Executive Vice-Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO), stated that the NCC remains fully committed to ensuring synergy in its working relationship with other agencies of government in Nigeria.

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Malah said that the Commission acknowledged the importance of STDD mandates, and it was conscious of the role NCC is supposed to play in ensuring ubiquitous access to telecoms services whether in the cities, unserved and underserved areas, under which the satellite towns may be categorised.

Malah, while thanking the delegation for the visit to the NCC Head Office, assured that  their requests and propositions shall be presented to Management of Commission for consideration and necessary action.

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