Three awards in one night of glitz and grandeur. That was the story of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) at the maiden edition of the Nigerian Technology Innovation and Telecommunications Awards (NTITA) held in Lagos. The NCC received three awards at the event. It was honoured with the Consumer Initiative Project of the Year Award and the Regulator of the Year Award. The EVC, Professor Umar Danbatta, was given the Telecoms Man of the Year Award.
The EVC also seized the opportunity to announce that eight million subscribers have activated the Do-Not-Disturb (2442) code, which is a vast improvement on the nearly one million subscribers that did same by March this year when the Commission declared 2017 as the year of the consumer
Prof. Danbatta said the Commission has recorded several achievements this year including the leap from 1 million to 8 million DND activation. The EVC attributed the achievement to NCC’s massive campaign and its fidelity to the implementation of the eight-point agenda of his administration.
According to him, the agenda included projection and empowerment of telecommunications consumers.
”More Nigerians are accessing the 622 code to lodge their complaints, and I am happy to say that we have succeeded to resolve their complaints,” he said.
Reacting on the awards, Danbatta said that the commission always looked at the credibility of awards given to it.
He described the ATCON awards as credible; hence, the NCC did not hesitate to receive them.
According to him, NCC is living up to its reputation as a regulator and would not relent in hard work, flexibility, attainment of set targets and effective regulation.
”We are living up to our reputation through engagement with other stakeholders in the industry and the manner we develop frameworks and guidelines, as well as how we issue directions,” he said.
ATCON’s President, Mr Olusola Teniola said that the association organised the awards ceremony to foster healthy competition in the Nigerian telecommunications industry.
Teniola said that ATCON gave awards to some government institutions and telecommunications and information technology companies that spearheaded innovation and creativity in the last few years.
He said that the innovation had impacted positively on products and services rendered by all the organisations.
”ATCON thought the only way to encourage further innovation in the industry is to reward those who are not resting on their oars but striving to make a difference in the sector.
”ATCON organised the awards ceremony to drive further investment in the sector.
”It is believed that creativity and innovation will automatically lead to further investment in the sector both locally and internationally.
”We also decided to give the most authoritative and recognised awards to deserving individuals because our industry has contributed a lot to Nigeria’s GDP,” he said.