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Capacity Building: Maida lauds NYSC for contributions to NCC’s operational excellence, communications industry

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

*Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission, commends the leadership of NYSC for invaluable contributions to national development, as well as the implementation of the telecoms sector regulatory Commission’s mandate in the entire communications industry in the country

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has applauded the leadership of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for staying true to the core mandate of the scheme since its establishment 1973.

ConsumerConnect reports Dr. Maida stated this in his goodwill message delivered at the recent opening ceremony of the NYSC Legal Officers Workshop held in Abuja, FCT.

The Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC asserted that the entire West African country benefited immensely from the activities of the teeming population of Youth Corps members.

Brig-Gen. Y. Ahmed, Director-General of NYSC (2nd left), and other dignitaries at the workshop, in Abuja

He noted that the young Nigerians daily add value to the operations of various businesses, organisations in various sectors, thereby contributing to the growth of the economy.

Maida also stated: “This valuable contribution is also felt in the communications industry, and in the operations of the Commission as it carries out its mandate of the Nigerian communications industry.

“As duly noted by the NYSC, the Commission is a stakeholder in the data protection of citizens in Nigeria to the extent that it mandates its licensees to protect the information of subscribers against accidental or improper disclosure (as provided in its Consumer Code of Practice Regulations, 2007).

According to Maida, NYSC also has played a vital role in fostering national unity by instilling values, such as service to community, oneness and brotherhood of every Nigerian citizen regardless of cultural, ethnic or social leanings.

Essence of continuous training, capacity building for Legal Officers, by Maida

The EVC/CEO of the telecoms sector regulatory Commission said: “Legal Officers, be it in the public or private sector, are key stakeholders in any organisation, being primarily responsible for the management of its legal affairs.

“A major part of this responsibility includes ensuring that the organisation complies with relevant laws, policies and regulatory provisions.

In order to ensure that this role can be performed effectively, the legal team must be knowledgeable about all relevant instruments guiding the operations of the organisation.”

Maida further noted: “These instruments would typically include the specific policies and legislation, which establish the organisation as well as other laws and policies, which impact its operations/service delivery.

“Legal Officers should undergo training and capacity building to aid a firm understanding of the laws and policies setting up their organisations.”

As regards the importance of legal officers in protecting businesses and organisations, the NCC Chief averred: “Such programmes should also provide guidance on identification and understanding of stipulations of other relevant laws.

“It should be mentioned that management’s adherence to legal advice provided by Legal Officers is important, as this ensures that the organisation is not adversely exposed to penalties, legal consequences such as lawsuits, and even reputational damage.”

NYSC’s contributions to NCC’s operations, entire communications industry

Maida equally said: “The Commission, once again, commends the NYSC for organising this capacity building programme, which will enhance the service delivery of its Legal Officers, and by extension the NYSC as a whole.

“The entire nation has benefited immensely from the activities of the teeming population of youth corps members who daily add value to the operations of various businesses in various sectors thereby contributing to the growth of the economy.

“This valuable contribution is also felt in the communications industry and in the operations of the Commission as it carries out its mandate of the Nigerian communications industry.”

He harped on the significance of protection of citizens’ data and regulatory directives to NCC’s licensees against accidental or improper disclosure of consumers’ Information.

The NCC Chief Executive explained: “In the same vein, access to the personal data of subscribers is strictly regulated by the Commission as provided in the Registration of Communications Subscribers Regulations, 2022.

“The Commission and its Licensees are duty bound to ensure that subscribers’ personal data are safeguarded and cannot be released to a third party without the consent of the subscriber or the Commission.”

Maida added in his message: “The Commission’s Legal Officers are charged with the responsibility of ensuring that these regulatory provisions on data protection of subscriber information are complied with, and this is a typical example of ensuring compliance with statutory provisions.”

Earlier in his address at the workshop, Brig-Gen. Y. Ahmed, Director-General of NYSC, had underscored the importance of continuous training and capacity building for legal officers in effective legal representation of business, organisations and government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Ahmed tasked legal officers in the country to embrace the adoption of emerging technologies for effective and efficient service delivery.

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