The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Aminu Maida, has affirmed that transparency will be the cornerstone of his leadership as Nigeria’s chief telecom regulator. During a courtesy visit to the Hon. Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, Maida underscored the importance of self-regulation through transparency for building a resilient, accountable, and efficient institution.
“Transparency is key. It is by transparency that we can self-regulate, even as regulators. And by so doing, we would be putting ourselves on our toes, which in the long run will drive the Commission forward to achieve our goals of operational excellence,” Maida stated.
Commending the Minister for his exemplar leadership in transparency, Maida expressed confidence in fostering a transformed industry that is accountable to both people and industry players. He conveyed gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for entrusting him with the responsibility to lead a critical sector of the economy.
During the visit, Maida shared his vision and priorities with the Minister, aligning them with the 5-Pillars of the Strategic Plan unveiled by the Ministry. He emphasized the urgency of addressing issues within the industry, particularly focusing on the Quality of Experience (QoE), which he declared non-negotiable.
“At my meeting with industry leaders, we were unambiguous that quality of experience (QoE) would not be negotiable. The Commission will take compliance in this regard seriously, and a standard of what is least acceptable will be set,” the NCC CEO stated.
Broadband connectivity emerged as another priority area for Maida, considering it the key enabler of the digital economy and financial inclusion. He highlighted ongoing internal process reviews at the Commission to enhance efficiency and responsiveness, including the digitization of operations.
“In all these, the goal is for the Commission to achieve optimal operational excellence, which underpins the success of all other priority areas that we have set to achieve significant all-round growth in the telecommunications industry,” Maida affirmed.
Reflecting on his visit to the Digital Bridge Institute in Lagos, Maida emphasized the institution’s potential in driving a knowledge-based economy, aligning with the “Knowledge Pillar” of the Ministry’s Strategic Plan.
In response, Dr. Tijani welcomed the NCC boss, recognizing the agency’s pivotal role in the nation’s digital aspirations. He expressed commitment to collaboration, stating, “I want to assure you that you have the best partner in me. We will work together to achieve the goals and vision we have set.”