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NCC remains committed to President Tinubu’s vision on Digital Economy –Aminu Maida, EVC/CEO

Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO of NCC Photos: NCC

*Dr. Aminu Maida, new Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission, pledges to align with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s aspiration to increase Broadband penetration to 70 percent and cover 90 percent of the country’s population by 2025 through the deployment of baseline telecoms infrastructure

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In restating the commitment of the telecoms sector regulator, Dr. Aminu Maida, new Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has said he will align the Commission’s regulatory focus to achieve the promises of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ to advance the country’s digital transformation drive.

Maida, who spoke to the Senior Management team of NCC at the Commission’s Head Office  Tuesday, October 18, 2023, noted the need to ensure that the NCC strategically, focuses on ensuring all Nigerian telecoms consumers have access to affordable and reliable Broadband services.

Dr. Maida in a group photograph with the Senior Management Team of NCC

Mr. Reuben Muoka, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, stated the Executive Vice-Chairman disclosed part of this is to ensure “effective broadband infrastructure diffusion across the length and breadth of Nigeria.”

The new telecoms regulator as well paid tributes to former Chief Executives of the Commission for their laudable role in building a resilient telecoms industry.

Emphasis on importance of Broadband connectivity in digital transformation

Dr. Maida said the pursuit of improved quality of service on the networks will be one of his priorities, as well as supporting the vision of the Federal Government and the Ministry of Communications, Innovations and Digital Economy.

“Considering the fact that many people are going more digital and virtual in everything they do, the telecoms infrastructure is now under much stress. “President Tinubu’s vision emphasises the need to build more robust Broadband connectivity that will not only facilitate seamless digital transactions but also serve as the bedrock for e-governance and other socio-economic initiatives,” he said.

Maida further asserted that that his leadership would align with this aspiration to increase Broadband penetration to 70 percent and to cover 90 percent of the population by 2025.

On improving Quality of Service, QoE for telecoms consumers

“Therefore, we need to build a reliable telecoms industry with impressive Quality of Service (QoS) indicators with Quality of Experience (QoE) as our watchword and ultimate goal.

“This also requires us to address a number of issues such as the Right of Way (RoW) challenge, ensuring security of our telecom infrastructure, among others.

“Efforts must be made to significantly improve service delivery by ensuring the NCC is performance-driven,” he said.

The EVC/CEO of NCC as well assured the stakeholders that “Mr. President has a very clear agenda from which all of us are going to take our direction.

“The two major areas are job creation and enabling the digital economy. ”

He also explained: “Where we are going in a nutshell is: everything that we do in this Commission has to align directly with the Strategic Plan of the Hon. Minister of Communications, Innovations and Digital Economy, Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani and ultimately, to the Renewed Hope agenda of His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. We would not deviate from that.”

Maida said: “We would not entertain anything that deviates from this direction because my key performance indicators (KPIs) are fed into the Minister’s KPIs and the President KPIs come from the electorate that put him into power.

“The Hon. Minister has said clearly that he is ready to build a robust digital infrastructure and empower three million Nigerians digitally.

“We have to do our best to support him in this regard.”

According to the Executive Vice-Chairman of the Commission, in the Strategic Plan of the Minister, there is a plan to empower three million Nigerians in digital skills and entrepreneurship.

He stated that this would require the NCC to support Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) as a digital training institution, to be well positioned in driving the government’s agenda on youth empowerment.

Effective spectrum management in ecosystem

Maida emphasised the importance of effective spectrum management and utilisation in supporting the envisioned digital connectivity agenda, which is critical to service deployment to the generality of Nigerians and businesses in the country.

Muoka, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, said that the new EVC/CEO of the Commission, while appreciating his predecessors and the entire Staff of the Commission for the laudable role being played in digital transformation of all sectors by stimulating the deployment of baseline telecoms infrastructure, however, called on the staff of the Commission to join his leadership with a sense of purpose as a team towards advancing the actualisation of the President’s ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’.

The EVC/CEO recognises a thriving digital economy in achieving sustainable development and quality of life for all citizens, noted the statement.

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