In a move to further enhance operational efficiency and sustain regulatory excellence, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has deployed two of its directors – Dr. Alhassan Haru and Mr. Efosa Idehen – to man the Technical Standards and Network Integrity (TSNI) and the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement (CME) departments of the commission.
In an exercise approved by the executive vice-chairman of the commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta, other senior staff of NCC were moved to head critical departments, following the recent retirement of some directors who had attained the retirement age of 60.
Haru, who was before now the director, new media and information security (NMIS), takes over from the retiring director, Engr. Bako Wakil at the TSNI department which oversees the maintenance of international standards and integrity of the national network, including quality of service (QoS) and equipment type approval.
Idehen, a former director at CME, returns to a familiar turf where he was nicknamed ‘Efosa, the Enforcer’ after a stint at the Consumer Affairs Bureau (CAB). He would take over from Mr. Ephraim Nwokonneya, who has also commenced his retirement leave. The CME monitors the industry and enforces compliance with industry rules of engagement.
At the projects department of the commission, from where Mrs. Iyabo Sholanke retired, a deputy director, Mr. Philip Eretan, would be the new head, while Mr. Kelechi Nwankwo, another deputy director, would become the new head of corporate planning strategy and risk management (CPSRM), the position from which Mr. Felix Adeoye retired.
The deputy director at NMIS, Dr. Chidi Diugwu, would take over from Haru as head of the department while Mrs. Safiya Jijji has assumed duty as acting head of zonal operations, following the retirement of the erstwhile director, Mrs. Amina Shehu.
Another deputy director, Banji Ojo, takes over from Idehen as head of CAB.
A statement by the commission’s director of public affairs, Reuben Muoka said the NCC boss charged the new appointees to work in tandem with the commission’s Strategic Management Plan (SMP) 2020-2024 and Strategic Vision Implementation Plan (SVP) 2020-2025.
The EVC further assured industry stakeholders of the commission’s determination to provide essential regulatory support to consolidate the growth already recorded in the industry.
According to him, the NCC will continue to “put round pegs in round holes” to sustain its operational efficiency and regulatory excellence.