The Senate on Thursday in Abuja confirmed the appointment of Aminu Maida as the substantive Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Mr Maida, who holds a doctorate degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath, United Kingdom, was confirmed by the Senate during its plenary session. His confirmation followed the Senate’s adoption of a report of the Senate Committee on Communications that screened Maida on Wednesday, 15 November, 2023.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Communications, and former Minister of Communications, Senator Ikra Aliyu Bilbis, who submitted the report urged the Senate to consider the request of President Bola Tinubu for the confirmation of Mr Maida for appointment as the country’s Chief Telecom Regulator.
He said the Committee had screened Mr Maida, who had earlier passed all scrutiny by the relevant security agencies in the security governance sector.
Senator Bilbis informed the Senate that Mr Maida possesses the requisite qualifications, professional experience, competence, and regulatory capacity to ensure accelerated development of the nation’s telecommunications sector. He therefore urged the Senate to approve the nomination of Mr Maida by Mr. President.
Consequently, the Senate proceeded to confirm the appointment of Mr Maida, through a voice vote to serve a five-year term in office, subject to renewal by the President.
Earlier, at his screening by the Senate Committee, Mr Maida responded to questions related to his insights of the industry, qualifications, experience, suitability, and competence to manage the nation’s telecom regulatory sector. He was described by some senators as a round peg in a round hole.
Mr Maida told the committee that his top priorities were to improve coverage and connectivity by bridging access gaps between rural and urban communities through increased broadband infrastructure as well as increasing the quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) for the consumers to enable them to get value for money.
He also stated that, under his stewardship, he would ensure that the Commission’s licensees, numbering over 8,000 across different segments of the sector, are made to adhere strictly to their Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with their consumers in terms of service delivery.
Mr Maida also said that he would create a more conducive environment for investment in the sector. He equally promised to work with the dynamic team at the NCC to “re-think” how the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) would be better leveraged to bridge the extant digital divide in the country.
The new Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria’s telecom regulatory authority also promised to prioritise inter-agency collaboration towards achieving the current blueprint for the digital economy sector. He added that the ongoing review of the NCA 2003 would lead to greater innovation for improving the performance of the sector and solicited for the support of the National Assembly to enable him to succeed.
Mr Maida further emphasised his commitment towards aligning regulatory activities with the Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Communications, Innovations and Digital Economy, developed to accelerate the actualisation of the Renewed Hope Agenda of the Federal Government.
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