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Sunday, March 13, 2016

NCC reiterates support WATRA

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reiterated support for the West African Telecommunications Regulatory Assembly (WATRA) in fulfillment of its activities to the body of Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), reports ITRealms.

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) and chief executive officer of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, gave this reassurance last weekend while receiving the leadership of WATRA led by its Executive Secretary, Alhaji Maman Laminou in his office in Abuja, assuring that they are welcome to the Commission any day

“Take this place as your home”, Danbatta declared, adding that the NCC broadband plan will cater for everybody including those in the rural communities, as the Commission counts on leveraging WATRA’s expertise to actualise the recently unveiled eight-point agenda whose focus is on the turnaround of the telecommunications sector.

The EVC further assured WATRA team that the National Broadband Plan (NBP) will be pursued vigorously and that attaining the 30 per cent minimum coverage by 2018 is possible

In his early remarks, Laminou on behalf of WATRA congratulated Danbatta on his appointment as EVC of the NCC and pledged the support of WATRA to NCC at all times.

Laminou said that WATRA was in the process of harmonising the roaming activities of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with guidelines for a seamless interconnection and roaming of telephone users in West Africa up the stream in preparation.
He also said this and many others will form discussions at the yearly general meeting of WATRA planned for April, 2016.

Laminou said that WATRA has been taking its activities to several member countries in the last year or so. Some of these activities include Technology Conversion (in Senegal) and has been involved in the campaign for infrastructure sharing among operators. WATRA has also been involved in capacity building for members on Quality of Service (QoS). 

ITRealms gathered that WATRA team was received by the EVC in company of the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Mr Tony Ojobo, Director, Human Capital and Infrastructure Group, Hajia Maryam Bayi and Chief of Staff to the EVC, Mr Usman Malah among others.

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