Wednesday, July 28, 2010

ALTON sets agenda for new NCC boss

The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has tasked the Federal Government nominee and incoming Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Eugene Ikemefuna Juwah, to surpass the bar raised by his predecessor, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe.

Speaking through its chairman, Mr. Gbenga Adebayo, ALTON noted that the industry expects a lot from Dr. Juwah, and urged him to surpass the height raised by Ndukwe in the past 10 years.

“Engr. Ernest Ndukwe raised the bar high and he must surpass the achievements of his predecessor,” Adebayo declared.

ALTON also noted that the industry and its regulator is faced with a number of policy interference issues, hence the group expects this to be ironed out.

“Our chief regulator must play the balance and safe the industry from elements and factors that currently threaten the growth and stability of the telecom sector,” he said.

Lamenting the imposition of what he classified as non-statutory levies by some state and local governments, which has caused the sealing of some cell sites, he urged him to ensure a stop to this once on assumption of office.

“Currently, critical sites of some of our members are under seal at the instance of the government of one of the South East states due to alleged non-payment of certain non-statutory fees,” he bemoaned.

While wishing Juwah success in his latest appointment, ALTON further charged him to ensure such things does not happen under his leadership.

ALTON, an incorporated trustees was formed in year 2000, as an industry body for all telecommunications companies and those providing subsidiary services to telecommunications service providers in Nigeria, with the objective of promoting growth in the telecommunications sector and ultimately, efficient telecommunications services delivery to the Nigerian public.

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