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Telecom Regulation Anchored On Transparency – Maida

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The executive vice chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr. Aminu Maida
The executive vice chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr. Aminu Maida.

The executive vice-chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Aminu Maida emphasised the pivotal role of transparency in telecom regulation during a recent courtesy visit to the Minister of Communications, Innovation & Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani.

In his address, Maida highlighted transparency as the cornerstone of his leadership, aiming to establish a foundation for a resilient, accountable and efficient institution.

“Transparency is key. It is by transparency that we can self-regulate even as regulators and by so doing, we would be putting ourselves on our toes, which, in the long run, will drive the commission forward to achieve our goals of operational excellence,” Maida stated during the meeting.

The NCC boss acknowledged the minister’s exemplary leadership in transparency, considering it a quality that could transform the industry, making it accountable to both the people and industry players. He commended Tijani for setting a precedent through transparent leadership.

In expressing his gratitude, Maida extended his appreciation to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for entrusting him with the responsibility of leading a critical sector of the economy. The EVC conveyed the importance of the visit as an opportunity to share his vision and priorities for the Commission, aligning them with the five pillars of the Strategic Plan unveiled by the minister.

Having assumed office six weeks ago, Maida provided insights into his strategic focus areas, with a primary emphasis on the Quality of Experience (QoE) in the telecommunications industry. He asserted that QoE would be non-negotiable, indicating that the Commission would enforce compliance with set standards.

“Broadband connectivity is another priority area for me, as it is the biggest enabler of the digital economy and financial inclusion. These priorities align with the 5-pillar agenda of the Ministry,” Maida stated, emphasising the importance of connectivity and the need to harness the potential of innovations such as the 5G revolution.

The EVC also discussed ongoing efforts to enhance internal processes at the Commission, emphasising the importance of efficiency and responsiveness. The digitisation of operations is a key component of this initiative. Maida outlined the broader goal of achieving operational excellence, anticipating increased investor interest, foreign direct investments, revenue generation and employment opportunities in the telecommunications industry.

Reflecting on his visit to the Digital Bridge Institute in Lagos, Maida highlighted the institution’s potential to contribute to a knowledge-based economy, aligning with the “Knowledge Pillar” of the ministry’s Strategic Plan. He expressed intentions to prioritise the revamp, retool and redirection of the institute to extract its optimum value in line with the set objectives.

The director of public affairs at the commission, Reuben Muoka issued a statement indicating the warm reception of the NCC boss by Dr. Tijani. The minister acknowledged the significance of the telecom regulator in realising the nation’s digital aspirations, describing the NCC as a stellar agency. Tijani emphasised the importance of tapping into the existing quality to bring about greater value for the country.

“The NCC is a stellar agency and you have my respect for the work that you do. There is no future for the country without the NCC. Already, the quality you have is good; what we need to do now is to tap into this quality to bring about greater value for the country,” Tijani said.

“I want to assure you that you have the best partner in me. We will work together to achieve the goals and vision we have set,” the Minister assured the NCC CEO.

Maida’s visit to the Minister of Communications reinforced the commitment to transparency as the foundation of telecom regulation. The discussions centered on strategic priorities, including quality of experience, broadband connectivity and the potential of emerging technologies. The emphasis on operational excellence, internal process improvement and collaboration with key stakeholders showcased a vision for a dynamic and responsive telecommunications sector in Nigeria. The minister’s acknowledgment of the NCC’s crucial role and commitment to collaboration signaled a united front towards achieving shared goals in advancing the nation’s digital agenda.

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