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NCC tasks licensees on efficient operation


The Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) on Thursday said it was making moves to ensure that licensees operate at optimal strength.

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umaru Danbatta, made this known during a two-day ‘Talk to the Regulator’ Consultative Forum’ organised by the commission in Lagos.

Danbatta, who was represented by Mr Adeleke Adewolu, Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management of NCC, said that the industry could only achieve the national interest objectives set out in the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (2020-2025) and other policy instruments if licensees operated at optimal strength.

“We are very much aware that not all our licensees are doing well.

“Several licensees are struggling to pay their staff, many are unable to comply with basic licence obligations, while some are defaulting in the payment of their Annual Operating Levies (AOL).

“Also, the level of interconnect and other inter-licensee indebtedness is still unacceptably high,” Danbatta said.

He said the commission would continue to roll-out forward-looking and all-inclusive regulatory initiatives to provide market opportunities for all its licensees.

Danbatta said NCC was also committed to the constant review of it licensing framework as well as key regulatory instruments to ensure better service delivery for consumers and efficient attainment of other national interest objectives.