From Cyriacus Nnaji, Lagos
Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of Nigerian Communications Commission, Professor Garba Umar Danbatta has given hint of new frameworks available to the telecommunications regulatory authority which is aimed at introducing new spectrum trading, data pricing and release of the list of licences for Value Added Services (VAS).
Danbatta was speaking to the media after being honoured as a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (FNAE), at the University of Lagos.
In his words: “We do not want to talk about it now but as I am talking to you now there are new frameworks already, one is on spectrum trading, it is out. There is going to be new data pricing, work is going on, we would soon release the list of licences for Value Added Services (VAS), there is quite a lot in our menu, we will be making available the content of the menu gradually.”
On the honour conferred on him, Danbatta said it is an honour for the entire Nigerian Communications Commission team.
“It is an honour for the entire Nigerian Communications Commission, it is an honour that will spur us on to work harder in order to deliver on the mandate assigned to us by the Act establishing NCC and this Act has empowered us to ensure access to communications services, access that is efficient, qualitative, as well as to ensure competition in the Nigerian space,” the NCC boss stated.
Being a fellow of the academy is the apogee of the engineering profession. Danbatta who is also a Fellow of Nigeria Society of Engineering (FNSE) and Fellow of Renewable and Alternative Energy Society of Nigeria (FRAESON) said “We at NCC are going to put more effort, to deliver on this mandate to Nigerians.
“Over the past three years since taking over the helms of affairs of NCC, we have succeeded in establishing our relevance as academics, then this honour would be seen as a testimony of our relevance not just within the University system, but also within the Nigerian Communication space. I think it is important to recognize that there is a lot of talents resident within the Nigerian university system.
“Government has deemed it appropriate to tap these talents and bring to bear in driving the economy in the various sectors. And I think this is a clear message that is coming out from the performance we have rendered over the three years, there is still a lot of talented men and women within the Nigerian University system. These talents can be deployed to drive the economy in the desired direction”.
Leading to the recognition as a Fellow of Nigerian Academy of Engineering, Danbatta, since becoming the EVC of NCC has displayed an uncommon leadership style, which has ensured an uncommon growth of the telecommunications sector.
On his part, Professor Fola Lasisi, the new President, Nigerian Academy of Engineering, in restating the mission statement of the academy, said the academy will continue to provide input and leadership in national technological issues, and policies at the highest possible level, adding that Nigeria will never develop if priority is not given to technology.
Lasisi gave instance of countries like South Korea, China and Japan saying “In China 80% of ministers are Engineers. In South Korea 50% are engineers, which enables them to move forward.” He said Nigeria must promote engineers and promote technology and to make progress.
While stating that the nation lacks continuity, said his administration will work with programmes already developed by the past president of the academy.