The apex telecommunications regulator in the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has excelled as the African Regulator Award winner in the city of Accra, capital of Ghana where the award was handed over to the commission.
According to the chief executive officer and publisher of London-based MobileWorld magazine and United Kingdom (UK) registered Instinct Wave Incorporate, Mr. Akin Naphtal, the Africa Information Technology and Telecoms Award (AITTA) the choice of NCC as the winner of the award based on the U.K. firm’s Intelligence Unit gathering of data across the African continent. Stressing, “NCC’s strong and committed effort to enhance competitiveness and innovation as factors of economic growth” made it the winner of the award.
Naphtal further said that NCC’s transparent regulatory activities, prudent management of spectrum and human resources made the Commission, a regulator of choice.
Besides these, the NCC remains the pathfinder and first among equals as far as telecommunications activities are concerned that is why it remains a shining example of how the sector should be regulated.Today, Nigeria is the investors’ first choice for telecommunications investments in Africa.
The organisers also said, that Nigeria by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) assessment recorded the highest and fastest growth in numbers connected by five years consecutively and so got global nods for that and coming home to Africa, the continent has continued to benefit from NCC’s experience and expertise.
In addition, he said, the active subscriber base of Nigeria surpasses those of several countries combined in Africa and Africa’s largest networks reside in Nigeria, all thanks to the robust regulatory activities of Commission.
Mr. Tony Ojobo, the Director of Public Affairs at the commission, who received the award on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta said the award is only a motivation for the commission to do more.
“To whom much is given, much is also expected. While we are happy to be recognized as doing well, this is also an opportunity for us to do more in protecting the subscribers as well as the service providers,” Ojobo said.
Earlier in his submission as a lead panelist at the event, with the theme ‘Connecting West Africa for Growth’, Ojobo spoke on the importance of ICT towards poverty eradication in developing Nations.
There is a need for an enabling environment, he said where the private sector can operate with a free flow of information and ultimately eradicate poverty.
“ICT is important towards poverty eradication in developing nations and that successful, but using ICT to reduce poverty can only be achieved if there is an enabling environment where the private sector can operate with a free flow of information,” he added.
The West Africa Telecom Summit & Expo is a unique platform for sharing experiences and networking on: Data Explosion and IOTs- Mobile Internet and Smart Cities; Government and ICTs –Broadband and Regulatory Policy; Local Contents Promotion, CIO CONNECT; Data Centre – Managed Services, Enterprise; Internet Banking – Banking Technology, eBanking, Remittance and Cyber Security.
Nigeria delegation to the award returned with National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) carting award for Local content promotion in Africa), President of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Prof. Adesola Aderounmu (for promoting advancement of IT professionalism in Africa), Main One Cable Company (for Africa wholesale Telecom Company of the year), IHS Towers (for Africa Telecom Infrastructure Company of the year) and Mr. Stanley Jegede of Phase 3 Telecom (for Africa Telecom Entrepreneur of the year).
Some of the Nigeria delegation to the award ceremony in Accra comprised the acting Director General of NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji; Director, Public Affairs NCC, Tony Ojobo, President, Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria, ATCON, Olusola Teniola, his NCS counterpart, Prof. Adesola Aderounmu, Cyber Security Expert, Alhaji Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola and Kazeem Oladepo among others.