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NCC shines as African regulator award in Accra

The apex telecommunications regulator in the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) at the weekend shined as the award for the African Regulator Award was handed over to the commission in the city of Accra, capital of Ghana, reports ITRealms.

According to the chief executive officer and publisher of London-based MobileWorld magazine and United Kingdom (UK) registered Instinct Wave Incorporate, Mr. Akin Naphtal, the Africa Information Technology and Telecoms Award (AITTA) happened at Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City, Accra, Ghana was the climax of a two-day 3rd West Africa Telecom Summit and Expo 2016.

He also disclosed that the Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo who represented the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), Prof. Umar G. Danbatta received the award presented by Ghana’s Chief Regulator and Director-General, National Communications Authority (NCA), Mr. William Tevie.

The MobileWorld boss explained that the choice of NCC as the winner of the award based on the U.K. firm’s Intelligence Unit gathering of data across the African continent. Stressing, “NCC’s strong and committed effort to enhance competitiveness and innovation as factors of economic growth” made it the winner of the award.

He further said that NCC’s transparent regulatory activities, prudent management of spectrum and human resources made the Commission, a regulator of choice.

Besides these, the NCC remains the pathfinder and first among equals as far as telecommunications activities are concerned that is why it remains a shining example of how the sector should be regulated.

Today, Nigeria is the investors’ first choice for telecommunications investments in Africa.
The organisers also said, that Nigeria by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) assessment recorded the highest and fastest growth in numbers connected by five years consecutively and so got global nods for that and coming home to Africa, the continent has continued to benefit from NCC’s experience and expertise.

In addition, he said, the active subscriber base of Nigeria surpasses those of several countries combined in Africa and Africa’s largest networks reside in Nigeria, all thanks to the robust regulatory activities of Commission.

Responding, Ojobo dedicated the award to the Almighty God, asserting it is “a motivation for the Commission to do more, in protecting both the consumers and operators.”

Nigeria delegation to the award returned with National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) carting award for Local content promotion in Africa), President of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Prof. Adesola Aderounmu (for promoting advancement of IT professionalism in Africa), Main One Cable Company (for Africa wholesale Telecom Company of the year), IHS Towers (for Africa Telecom Infrastructure Company of the year) and Mr. Stanley Jegede of Phase 3 Telecom (for Africa Telecom Entrepreneur of the year).

Some of the Nigeria delegation to the award ceremony in Accra comprised the acting Director General of NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji; Director, Public Affairs NCC, Tony Ojobo, President, Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria, ATCON, Olusola Teniola, his NCS counterpart, Prof. Adesola Aderounmu, Cyber Security Expert, Alhaji Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola and Kazeem Oladepo among others.

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