Nigeria’s telecoms regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has sought the partnership of LEADERSHIP Newspapers Limited on effective telecoms regulation.
Speaking during a courtesy call on the newspaper at its headquarters yesterday in Abuja, the new director of public affairs (DPA) of NCC, Mr Nnamdi Nwokike, who led a delegation of top management staff of the commission, sought LEADERSHIP’s partnership for the effective coverage and reportage of its regulatory activities.
Recall that the former NCC’s DPA, Mr Tony Ojobo retired from the civil service on age grounds after 18 years of active service on October 5, 2018.
Addressing the management staff of LEADERSHIP, Nwokike requested for cordial relationship the department and the commission at large, enjoyed from the newspaper during the former DPA’s tenure to be transferred to him to move the telecom sector forward.
“We do what we do, regulate the telecom industry but we need people to know what we do positively, and that’s why partners like you are very important because if you’re not able to herald your achievements and activities then you haven’t started. So, that’s why we consider this to be very important. As a matter of fact, before we left, the chief executive of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta approved this visit because of the importance he attaches to the media. That’s why we’re here to solicit for such cooperation to continue,” he said.
In his response, LEADERSHIP’s chief operating officer, Mr Dele Fanimo assured Nwokike and the commission of the newspaper’s cooperation, pointing out the crucial role of the commission, adding that the newspaper would ask questions from time to time to get clarifications for better reportage.
“NCC has a crucial role to play in the telecom industry as a regulator and any misconception could do a lot of damage to the reputation of the organisation. If you have over 200 million subscribers across the networks and some people have all the four networks or even more and you’re regulating that kind of huge sector, any slip is a potential bomb that could explode and managing such crisis may not be easy.
“As a matter of fact, your coming is just courtesy, LEADERSHIP cannot abdicate that responsibly because we’re friends with NCC and will continue to be friends with NCC. It is a given that we’ll extend what we extended to your predecessor, we can’t do otherwise because we have responsibility to this country. We would do everything to support you and leverage on what we’ve been doing and occasionally we may have cause to ask you some questions on certain things that are not clear,” he added.
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