The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta received a delegation from the newly elected National Executive Council of the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) on June 07,2018.
The President of the Association, Olusola Teniola stated that they have come to express their interest in working with the Commission and promised to ensure the EVC's tenure in the Commission would never be forgotten in the history of the Nigerian telecom sector.
Olusola said “ATCON is looking at revamping Broadband penetration initiative in Nigeria, creating jobs for teeming youths, capacity building and training for the youths, by making concrete attempts to measure the state of broadband infrastructure of the states as well as to increase its capacity utilization. Hence, the association would like to partner with the Commission to organize the Broadband and Technology Investment Forum in all states of the federation".
The EVC while welcoming the delegation said he would like to congratulate ATCON in advance for attaining 25 years of strategic leadership which they have provided over the years.
With reference to right of way, Prof. U.G Danbatta stated that the Commission made a convincing presentation to the Governors forum on the need for the NEC resolutions to be adhered to.
He stressed that another initiative driven by the office of the Vice President is the Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council which intends to drive broadband penetration by additional 18% and they are deploying 18,000 kilometers of fibre across the country.
Present during the visit were Tony Ojobo, Director Public Affairs; Josephine Amuwa, Director Policy Competition and Economic Analysis; Funlola Akiode, Director Licencing and Authorization; Usman Mallah, Chief of staff to the EVC; Shuaibu Ayuba, Head, Universal Service Provision Fund.