Thursday, June 24, 2021

Draft annual operating levy, fees: NCC calls for input - ITREALMS

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has called for input into the draft annual operating levy, frequency spectrum fees and pricing among others, reports ITREALMS.
The Commission in a public notice published on June 22, 2021, noted this is in exercise of its functions under the Nigerian Communications Act 2003.
ITREALMS gathered that NCC plans public inquiries in respect of the annual operating levy and frequency spectrum fees among others, scheduled to hold virtually at 11.00am on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

ITREALMS recalls that the Nigerian Communications Act 2003 empowers the NCC to periodically review sundry issues relating to its primary duty of regulation with a view to sustaining a culture of standard, cost-effectiveness, consumer protection, investor protection and allied matters that conduce for the promotion of a robust digital economy.

The public notice endorsed by the Director, Public Affairs at NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, stated:

“Section 57 (1) of the Act states that “the Commission may hold a public inquiry on any matter of a general nature that relates to the administration of this Act or its subsidiary legislation which will serve the objects of this Act.”

“The two regulatory Instruments listed for the public inquiry are: Annual Operating Levy Regulations and Frequency Spectrum (Fees and Pricing, etc) Regulations.

“Interested stakeholders are by this notice invited to make written submissions on the subject and participate in the Public Inquiries. Details of the virtual meeting will be forwarded to interested attendees prior to the Public Inquiries.”

He further said that “all submissions must reach the Commission on or before Monday, July 12, 2021.”


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