The mandate of the Nigerian Communications Commission is established in the Nigerian Communications Act 2003, which was signed into law by the President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR) on the 8th of July 2003 after being passed by both Houses of the National Assembly. The Act provides the NCC with the capacity to properly carry out its Regulatory functions and activities.
The Powers of the Nigerian Communications Commissions is derived from Section 3 of the the Nigerian Communications Acts (NCA) of 2003
- Giving written directions to licensees.
- Consulting with Consumers, commercial and industrial organizations.
- Delegating its functions to a Committee constituted by it.
- Summoning persons to appear before the Commission.
- Entering into contracts with any company, firm or persons.
- Establishing and maintaining subsidiaries to enable the discharge of its functions.
With regard to licensing, the NCC has been granted powers including the following:
- With Issuance of licences and imposition of terms and conditions on licences.
- Variation or revocation of a Condition of licence.
- Consulting with affected licensees before bringing into force an obligation which may be onerous on the licensee.
- Approving guidelines for keeping of accounts and cost allocation formula of licensees.
- Inspection of licensees’ books of accounts.
- Granting or revoking of permits for connection of customer equipment.
- Determination of principles to guide interconnection arrangements between operators.
- Determination of services and new undertakings eligible for licensing from time to time.