The executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has urged the Ibadan Zonal Office (IBZO) staff of the commission to sustain their commitment to regulatory effectiveness in keeping with the commission’s strategic objectives.
Danbatta made this call during an interactive session when he visited the IBZO staff of the commission.
The NCC boss, who commended the controller, Ibadan zonal office of the commission, Yomi Arowosafe and his team on the good work they have been doing in ensuring the people of the zone feel the presence and impact of the commission, as well as the significance of the commission’s regulatory activities, urged the staff of the commission not to relax because of the successes recorded.
He implored the staff to rededicate themselves to their assigned responsibilities, to sustain effective delivery of regulatory services to the people of the zone in keeping with the commission’s commitment to ensuring greater regulatory effectiveness.
Danbatta asserted that it was about time the commission and its staff became major drivers of the Federal Government’s vision for the birth of a robust digital economy as encapsulated in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030 and the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP) 2020-2025.
The NCC CEO reminded the staff of the necessity to internalise the regulatory imperatives of the Strategic Management Plan (SMP), 2021-2024, as well as the Strategic Vision Plan (SVP) 2021-2025, both of which are streamlined implementation roadmaps by which the commission plans to actualise the national digital economy and broadband targets as articulated by the Federal Government.
In his response, Arowosafe who spoke on behalf of the staff of the zonal office expressed gratitude to the management for the visit and promised to ensure the zonal office sustains effective delivery of NCC’s regulatory services to the people of the geo-political zone.
Staff in the EVC’s entourage to the zonal office include NCC’s director, projects, Abigail Sholanke; director, digital economy, Dr. Austin Nwaulune; director, public affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde; head, research and development, Kelechi Nwankwo and other senior management staff of the commission.
The IBZO was established in October 2005 to bring the commission’s regulatory services closer to the southwest geopolitical zone, except Lagos and Ogun which are in the purview of Lagos zonal office. However, the jurisdictional sphere of the Ibadan Zonal Office includes other southwestern states and Kwara State.
The recently constructed NCC zonal office building at Ibadan became fully functional in 2015 when the commission’s management directed staff to commence operational activities from the new complex.