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NCC has nothing to hide says Juwah




The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah has declared that the Commission has nothing to hide, reports DigitalSENSE Business News.

Welcoming a delegation led by the Chairman, Daily Trust Newspapers, Alhaji Kabiru Yusuf who paid him a courtesy visit, Juwah made this declaration.

Juwah who was making reference to a recent story which appeared in Daily Trust “we at NCC are very receptive to the press who report what we do. We always tell the truth because we have nothing to hide.” Stressing journalists should always seek opinion from various stakeholders including NCC, especially if they have to publish contentious issues. 

Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo in a press statement made available to DigitalSENSE Business News quoted the EVC as saying that misconceptions come from reporters who do not crosscheck with the Commission, advising that such situation does not augur well for the newspaper, those who read it and those reported.

The EVC further said that “we are always available to work with the media, so please always seek our own side before you publish.” 

According to him, NCC is a key government agency but “we do a lot of things not only for government but Nigerians and investors, “adding that now that we have an interface, we can always discuss issues and come to a reality.”

He explained that on the issue of some of the problems in service provision by operators, that there are drop calls which affect quality of service and this has come about because operators mostly in Abuja have had the misfortune of not expanding their infrastructure particularly the Base Transceiver Stations (BTS)  in the last five or more years, because they have been denied permit by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to do so, apart from the high cost of acquiring land in Abuja.

“But the NCC has intervened on their behalf and in a question of months, the situation will improve significantly,” he said, pointing out that without adequate site permit, it will be difficult to have robust services.

Earlier, the Daily Trust Chairman, Alhaji Kabiru Yusuf, said the visit was to strengthen friendship, asserting “it is not enough to just get reports and publish same. We have to come and see things ourselves.” He later invited the EVC to come over to Daily Trust and field questions from members of the editorial Board for further public enlightenment.

He was accompanied by Alhaji Umar S. Abdullahi, Alhaji Aliyu Akoche, Alhaji Abdullahi Ahnaibu. While members of NCC include Mr. Tony Ojobo, Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Okoh Aihe, Special Assistant on Media to the EVC, Mr. Reuben Muoka, Head Public Relations Unit and Mr. Sonny Aragba-Akpore, Head Media Management Unit.

+Remmy Nweke +Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) @Tony Ojobo @NGRCommTech @NgComCommission #Nigeria

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