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ALTON applauds NCC’s EVC Danbatta for exceptional leadership, quality regulation

Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of NCC

*As the new revenue assurance regime begins, the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria has commended Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission, for his exceptional leadership and commitment to creating an enabling regulatory environment fostering innovation and sustainable development in the country

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

For the enabling regulatory environment the telecoms sector enjoys in the West African country, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), has commended the exceptional leadership of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Adebayo lauded the NCC’s commitment to quality regulation, attributing the success of the telecoms industry has recorded in Nigeria to the prevailing regulatory environment.

Speaking at a meeting with Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) on the implementation of the Expanded Revenue Assurance Solution (ERAS) in the telecommunications industry, held in the week at the NCC’s Office in Lagos, the ALTON  Chairman also expressed his pride in Danbatta’s remarkable administrative skills, challenging the notion that engineers are not good administrators.

Mr. Reuben Muoka, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, Tuesday, July 4, 2023, stated that Adebayo described Prof. Danbatta as an excellent administrator, as he  highlighted the EVC/CEO’s instrumental role in the growth and development of the industry in Nigeria.

ERAS project implementation through PPP model, by Danbatta

Addressing the audience, Danbatta also shared details about the implementation of the ERAS project.

The NCC Chief as well emphasised the collaboration between the telecoms regulatory Commission and the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC).

According to him, the ERAS project is being carried out through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, following the DFDDOT model (Design, Finance, Develop, Deploy, Operate, and Transfer), as recommended by the ICRC.

He further acknowledged the efforts of the NCC at transforming the dream of the ERAS project, conceived in 2007, into a reality.

The Executive Vice-Chairman of the Commission underscored the project’s alignment with the Federal Government’s directive to enhance revenue collection and prevent leakages within Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).

By deploying the Revenue Assurance Solution, Danbatta also noted the NCC aims to optimise the revenue payable by licensed telecommunications service providers to improve revenue generation for the Nigerian Government.

Expanding the scope of ERAS project

The Commission stated the ERAS project, initially, was designed to focus on telecoms operators, who have not only become major industry players, but have also expanded their services into the digital services ecosystem, the ERAS project underwent a significant expansion.

In June 2022, and following a presidential approval, the NCC was directed to broaden the scope of the project to encompass the activities of Digital Economy stakeholders in the country, said NCC.

The Commission stated: “Consequently, the project was renamed the Expanded Revenue Assurance Solution (ERAS).

“The implementation of the ERAS demonstrates the NCC’s commitment to fostering transparency, accountability, and financial efficiency within the Nigerian telecoms and digital services sectors.”

The NCC further noted through the utilisation of accurate data and information, the ERAS aims to eradicate wrong computations, faulty data, and information leakages.

“With the telecoms industry playing a critical role in driving economic growth and enabling digital transformation, the ALTON Chairman’s commendation and the ongoing efforts of the NCC under Danbatta’s leadership highlight the commitment to creating an enabling regulatory environment that fosters innovation and sustainable development.

“As the implementation of the Expanded Revenue Assurance Solution progresses, stakeholders within the telecoms and digital services sectors eagerly anticipate its positive impact on revenue generation and the overall growth of the Nigerian economy.”

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