Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has disclosed plans to assist in finding solution to the burden of taxes, multiple regulations affecting telecommunications Service Providers.
NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman, EVC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, said that if talks with Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, are anything to go by, multiple regulations, taxes and right of way issues will be over soon.
Danbatta said that besides talks with NGF, the telecommunications regulatory body has also engaged other agencies of government in talks with a view to improving relationship with telecommunications Service Providers who are often the victims of these taxes and multiple regulations.
Danbatta spoke in Abuja when he received the Management Team of ATC Wireless Infrastructure Company of Nigeria (ATC Nigeria) an infrastructure management company.
The EVC said that NCC as a responsible regulatory agency is worried about multiple regulations and taxes because they do not augur well for smooth development of the telecommunications sector “so we have decided to engage all stakeholders especially other government agencies in order to cushion the pains operators go through”.
Danbatta said “the NCC is particularly worried about the indiscriminate way base transceiver stations are sealed by agencies and some State governments and we have appealed to these agencies and the State Governors to show some understanding.”
“We are particularly in talks with them to understand the implications of these actions as they affect quality of service and other sundry matters, including power supply.”
He therefore implored ATC Nigeria to ensure regular power supply to the managed base stations in order to make a difference, because government has created an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
Earlier in his remarks, Chief Executive of ATC Nigeria, Mr. Gordon Porter said his team came to familiarize itself with the NCC management and to “tell you what we do, how we do it and why we do what we do”.
ATC recently acquired 4716 cell sites from Bharti Airtel Nigeria and for the past 146 days it has deployed 1,000 generators and replaced 600 air-condition units.
So far, over $11Million has been invested by the company on these towers with a view to improving quality of service very significantly.
Porter said, ATC has been in constant talks with host communities with a view to improving relations and right-of-way.
Porter explained that although it has a commercial relationship with Airtel, it is interested in working with other operators especially on the issue of co-location adding that ATC hopes to inject about $100Million in the business in the next two years.
The EVC received the visitors in the presence of Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo, Chief of Staff to the EVC, Mr. Usman Malah, while Porter led Ms Lucretia Fontaine, Director, Corporate Advisory & International Compliance, Nigeria, Mr. Onyeaghana Oji, Regional Manager, Regulatory and Mr. Dubem Agbakoba, Head, Health, Safety and Environment.
Meanwhile, The Senate confirmed Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta as Executive Vice Chairman, EVC, and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC.
He was appointed in acting capacity by President Muhammadu Buhari on August 4, 2015 following the expiration of the tenure of Dr. Eugene Juwah.
Having gone through what has been described as thorough screening by the Senator Gilbert Nnaji led Communication Committee, the Committee of the whole yesterday affirmed Danbatta for the job for the next five years in the first instance.
Before his appointment, he was the Acting Vice Chancellor, Kano State University of Science & Technology, Wudil.
Born in Danbatta Local Government Council of Kano State, Prof. Danbatta obtained his BEng, MSc degrees from the Technical University of Wroclaw in Poland and his PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) UK respectively.

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