FOR being the leading light in
telecommunication regulations in
Africa, the Nigerian Communications
Commission, NCC, recently got the
African Regulator Award for 2015.
The Africa Information Technology
and Telecoms Award, AITTA, which
took place at the Kempinski Hotel,
Gold Coast City, Accra, Ghana was
the climax of a two-day 3rd West
Africa Telecom Summit and Expo
Hosted by the London-based
MobileWorld magazine and United
Kingdom (UK) registered Instinct
Wave Inc. the award to the NCC
was received by Mr. Tony Ojobo,
Director, Public Affairs at NCC
who represented the Executive
Vice Chairman (EVC), Prof. Umar
G. Danbatta and was presented
by Ghana’s Chief Regulator and
Director General of the National
Communications Authority (NCA),
Mr. William Tevie.
The organisers arrived at the choice
of NCC as the winner of the award
based on the U.K. firm’s Intelligence
Unit gathering of data across the
African continent. The report said
“NCC’s strong and committed effort
to enhance competitiveness and
innovation as factors of economic
growth” made it the winner of the
The organisers said the NCC’s
outfit, Agricultural Services
and Training centres ASTC
to encourage farmers in the
state to generate revenue from
agriculture “.
“The state government
through Fadama has also
established an agricultural
micro finance bank to assist
our farmers in getting loans in
order to improve farming.
According to Governor
Lalong, the education sector is
receiving adequate attention
through the employment of
over 4,000 adhoc teachers and
the accreditation of all the
courses offered by the state
university Bokkos.
He said the university is set
for its first convocation.
Lalong also said that
systematic adherence to the
five point policy thrust which
includes Peace, security,good
governance , human
capital and development
, entrepreneurship and
industrialisation , physical
infrastructure and environment
would ensure rapid economic
growth that would uplift living
standard of citizens of the state.
transparent regulatory activities,
prudent management of spectrum
and human resources makes it a
regulator of choice.
Besides these, the NCC remains
the pathfinder and first among
equals as far as telecommunications
activities are concerned that is why
it remains a shining example of how
the sector should be regulated.
Today, Nigeria is the investors’
first choice for telecommunications
investments in Africa.
The organisers also said, that
Nigeria by the International
Telecommunications Union (ITU)
assessment recorded the highest and
fastest growth in numbers connected
by five years consecutively and so
got global nods for that and coming
home to Africa, the continent has
continued to benefit from NCC’s
experience and expertise.
The active subscriber base of
Nigeria surpasses those of several
countries combined in Africa and
Africa’s largest networks reside in
Nigeria, all thanks to the robust
regulatory activities of NCC.
A visibly excited Ojobo dedicated
the award to the Almighty God
saying the award is only “a
motivation for the Commission
to do more, in protecting both the
consumers and operators.”
Other award winners from Nigeria included National Information
Technology Development Agency
(NITDA), (for Local content
promotion in Africa), President of
Nigeria Computer Society (NCS),
Prof. Adesola Aderounmu (for
promoting advancement of IT
professionalism in Africa), Main
One Cable Company (for Africa
wholesale Telecom Company of the year), IHS Towers (for Africa
Telecom Infrastructure Company of
the year) and Mr. Stanley Jegede of
Phase 3 Telecom (for Africa Telecom
Entrepreneur of the year).
All the key players in ICT in Ghana
including Airtel, Tigo, Vodaphone,
MTN, National Information
Technology Agency (NITA), e-Crime
Bureau, Serianu among others
attended the ceremony. The large delegation from Nigeria
included, Acting Director General
of NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji;
Director, Public Affairs NCC, Tony
Ojobo, President, Association of
Telecom Companies of Nigeria,
ATCON, Olusola Teniola, his
NCS counterpart, Prof. Adesola
Aderounmu, Cyber Security Expert,
Alhaji Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola and
Kazeem Oladepo among others

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