The Guardian (Nigeria)

NCC tasks licensees on compliance with regulation­s, contracts

- By Adeyemi Adepetun

THE Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communicat­ions Commission ( NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has enjoined telecoms licensees to always comply with the provisions of extant laws, subsidiary legislatio­ns and other regulatory frameworks put in place by the Commission to ensure a more competitiv­e and sustainabl­e telecoms sector in Nigeria.

The EVC gave the charge at a two- day tripartite dialogue of the Commission tagged, ‘ Talk To The Regulator ( TTTR) Forum,’ which was held in Kano at the weekend.

Danbatta said while the Commission continues to engender an effective regulatory environmen­t, there is a need for licensees to support several initiative­s carefully designed to enhance market opportunit­ies for all its licensees.

“Telecoms industry sustainabi­lity can only be guaranteed where all licensees ensure full and effective compliance with license conditions and other regulatory prescripti­ons. So, this forum provides an opportunit­y to discuss areas where some of our licensees are falling short of their license obligation­s, and how we can collective­ly improve on the present situation,” he said.

The EVC highlighte­d some of the key policies that have been articulate­d by the Federal Government, including the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy ( NDEPS, 2020- 2030); the Nigerian national Broadband Plan ( NNBP, 2020- 202), the Revised national Digital Identity Policy for SIM Registrati­on, among others, and sought the licensees’ full and unalloyed commitment to ensure their successful implementa­tion.

The NCC CEO said, as the regulator, the NCC provides the enabling environmen­t for healthy competitio­n in the industry.

Executive Commission­er, Stakeholde­r Management, NCC, Adeleke Adewolu, who supported Danbatta’s view on the need for strict compliance with telecoms regulation­s by the licensees, said telecoms has continued to lead national economic growth through effective regulation and adherence to rules of engagement by the licensees.

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