The Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson has streamlined the duties of the five agencies in the ministry to avoid duplication and make for smoother working relationship.
The ministry has five agencies under its superintendence and they include the Nigerian Communications Commission, National Technology Development Agency (NITDA) the Nigerian Postal Service, Galaxy Backbone, Nigerian Communications Satellite and two development funds, the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) and the Nigerian IT Development Fund (NITDEV).
Disclosing this recently in Lagos, she said the creation of the ministry led to a revelation of overlaps/duplication in the roles of some of these agencies of government and the ongoing restructuring and refocusing of agencies under the ministry would lead to clarity in terms of roles, responsibilities and accountability.
Johnson in a bid to make the agencies under the ministry more effective and to mitigate unnecessary duplications, has streamlined and realigned the functions of the agencies. From henceforth, the NCC regulates the ICT industry while NITDA will provide IT support and development.
NIPOST will provide postal service delivery and access infrastructure while Galaxy Backbone will be the vehicle for ICT infrastructure provision for federal government and its agencies. NigComSat on the other hand, would be responsible for commercialising satellite bandwidth.