The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Dr. Aminu Maida as the substantive Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
A statement from the NCC says Maida was confirmed by the Senate during its plenary session on Thursday where it adopted a report of the Senate Committee on Communications that screened Maida on Wednesday, November 15, 2023.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Communications, and former Minister of Communications, Senator Ikra Aliyu Bilbis, submitted the report.
Bilbis urged the Senate to consider President Bola Tinubu’s request for the confirmation of Dr. Maida’s appointment as the country’s Chief Telecom Regulator.
He said the Committee has screened Maida, who had earlier passed all scrutiny by the relevant security agencies in the security governance sector.
Bilbis told the Senate that Dr. Maida possesses the requisite qualifications, professional experience, competence, and regulatory capacity to ensure accelerated development of the nation’s telecommunications sector.
He urged the Senate to approve the nomination of Dr. Maida by the President. Consequently, the Senate proceeded to confirm his appointment via a voice vote to serve a five-year term in office, subject to renewal by the President.
Earlier during his screening by the Senate Committee, Maida responded to questions related to his insights into the industry, qualifications…
Experience, suitability, and competence to manage the nation’s telecom regulatory sector, and was variously described by members as the round peg in a round hole.
Dr. Maida told the committee that his top priorities are to improve coverage and connectivity by bridging access gaps between rural and urban communities…
Through increased broadband infrastructure as well as increasing the quality service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) for the consumers to enable them to get value for money.
He also stated that, under his stewardship, he would ensure that the Commission’s licensees numbering over 8,000 across different segments of the sector, are made to adhere strictly to their Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with their consumers in terms of service delivery.
Maida also said that he would create a more conducive environment for investment in the sector while working with the dynamic team at the NCC to “re-think” how the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) would be better leveraged to bridge the extant digital divide in the country.
The new CEO of Nigeria’s telecom regulatory authority also promised to prioritise inter-agency collaboration towards achieving the current blueprint for the digital economy sector…
Just as he said that the ongoing review of the NCA 2003 would lead to greater innovation for improving the performance of the sector and solicited the support of the National Assembly to succeed.
Maida further restated his commitment towards aligning regulatory activities with the Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Communications, Innovations and Digital Economy, developed to accelerate the actualisation of the Renewed Hope Agenda of the Federal Government.