Maida assumes leadership of NCC and pledges affordable Internet

    Dr. Aminu Maida, the newly appointed Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, took office on Tuesday and promised to give top priority to the objective of ensuring that all Nigerians have access to dependable, reasonably priced broadband internet services.

    The NCC head informed the senior management team that he plans to realign the Commission’s regulatory priorities to support President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda, which aims to advance the nation’s digital transformation efforts, in a statement released by the Commission’s Director of Public Affairs, Reuben Muoka, on Wednesday.

    Under his direction, the NCC will guarantee “effective broadband infrastructure diffusion across the length and breadth of Nigeria,” according to Maida.

    He conveyed his gratitude for the significant efforts that previous Commission Chief Executives have made to bolstering the telecom sector.

    Maida also emphasized that improving telecom network service quality and aligning with the goal of the Federal Government and the Ministry of Communications, Innovations, and Digital Economy are two of his top priorities.

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    The head of the NCC stated, “Considering the fact that many people are going more digital and virtual in everything they do, the telecom infrastructure is now under much stress.” He also emphasized the need to create more communication infrastructure across the country.

    He stated that “President Tinubu’s vision emphasises the need to build more robust broadband connectivity that will serve as the bedrock for e-governance and other socio-economic initiatives in addition to facilitating seamless digital transactions.”

    Therefore, by 2025, we would support the goal of increasing broadband penetration to 70% and covering 90% of the population. As a result, our motto and ultimate objective must be to create a dependable telecom sector with outstanding quality of service (QoS) metrics and quality of experience (QoE). This also means that we have to deal with a lot of other concerns, like the Right of Way (RoW) problem and making sure our communications equipment is secure. Making sure the NCC is performance-driven would help to greatly improve service delivery.

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    Speaking on Tinubu’s goal, Maida stated that “enabling the digital economy and creating jobs are the two major areas.” In summary, our goal is for everything we do as a Commission to be directly in line with the Hon. Dr. Bosun Tijani’s Strategic Plan for Communications, Innovations, and Digital Economy, and ultimately with His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s agenda for Renewed Hope. We wouldn’t stray from it.

    Since my key performance indicators (KPIs) are fed into the Minister’s KPIs and the President’s KPIs originate from the voters who elected him, we would not consider anything that goes in a different direction. We must work hard to assist the Hon. Minister in realizing his stated goal of empowering three million Nigerians through digital means and erecting a strong digital infrastructure.

    Maida continued by stating that a target of the Minister’s Strategic Plan is to provide three million Nigerians with digital skills and the ability to start their own business. Additionally, he emphasized how crucial it is that the Commission back the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), a digital training center, in order for it to successfully support the government’s youth empowerment program.

    Maida was named the new EVC/CEO of NCC by Tinubu in a recent reorganization that affected three agencies within the Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy.

    With this modification, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who had served in that capacity since August 2015, departed.

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