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Akande, Danbatta commit to drive telecom industry growth

Danbatta (L) and Akande during the retreat

. Unveils two strategic plans

The Board of Commissioners, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has promised to work with the Management Team to strengthen the regulator to deliver more effectively on its mandates, following the unveiling of two strategic plans

This comes as the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, re-emphasised the management’s confidence in the continuous support of the Board towards actualising set targets and goals for advancing the growth of the telecoms industry.

Chairman of the Board, Prof. Adeolu Akanade, made the pledge at the three-day 2021 Board and Management Retreat (BMR) organised by the NCC, which ended on Saturday, in Abuja, according to a statement by the Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde.

Themed: ‘Expect More, Deliver Result’, this year’s strategic annual retreat was attended in-person and virtually by Board members and senior management staff of the Commission.

The retreat follows the unveiling of two key documents – the Strategic Management Plan (SMP), 2020-2024, and the Strategic Vision Plan (SVP), 2021-2025.

The SVP is a streamlined version of the SMP, which is derived from the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (2020-2030), the National Broadband Plan (2020-2025), and the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

The SVP, which has five central visions, also has three supporting documents, namely: implementation strategies and timelines; monitoring and evaluation framework; and implementation responsibility matrix. The objective of the SVP is to enhance regulatory focus and efficiency in the delivery of NCC’s mandate.

Within this context, this year’s retreat was focused on taking account of remarkable successes recorded in the last one year, and how the Commission hopes to innovate its way toward addressing industry challenges impeding the consolidation of the growth of the telecommunications sector.

Acknowledging the Board’s invaluable accomplishments in the Commission, Danbatta said: “Without the staunch support of the Board for the Management’s vision and mission, it would have been difficult for us to achieve our goals. Therefore, I commend the Board for providing the necessary policy directions required to drive management’s daily activities,”

In particular, he commended Prof. Akande’s leadership, saying: “From the first day of assuming office as NCC Chairman, Prof. Akande has demonstrated his commitment to work with the management towards ensuring that NCC delivers its functions more efficiently and effectively.”

This year’s retreat was focused on taking account of remarkable successes recorded in the last one year, and how the Commission hopes to innovate its way toward addressing industry challenges impeding the consolidation of the growth of the telecommunications sector.

Danbatta noted that as an effective, efficient and independent regulatory agency, the NCC has been consistent in living up to stakeholders’ expectations as proven by the contribution of the telecom sector to the national economy.

He also appreciated the effective coordination of the 2021 BMR by the retreat consultants led by Prof. Pat Utomi, in ensuring effective facilitation of proceedings, deliberations and brainstorming sessions at the Retreat.

At the end of the three-day Retreat, an eight-point communiqué was read out as a synthesis of all the deliberations for submission to NCC Board and Management to guide the regulatory activities of the Commission over the next one year.

Implementation of the communiqué is expected to birth a new lease of expectations and dedication towards making 2022 a more rewarding year of innovation and growth for the telecom industry.

Over the years the NCC, as a world-class regulatory agency, has held annual Board and Management retreats, affording it the opportunity to rejig its culture, processes and strategic objectives for enhanced operational efficiency and regulatory excellence.

Save for the Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management, Adeleke Adewolu, who was on an unavoidable official assignment, the retreat was attended in-person by all other Commissioners and members of the Governing Board of the Commission.

They include Executive Commissioner Technical Services, Ubale Maska; as well as Clement Baiye; Prof. Millionaire Abowei; Abubakar Aliyu; Abdulazeez Salman, and Uche Onwude. All the Directors in the Commission and a few other Management staff also attended in-person while others participated virtually and actively.

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