Issue #25   •   Quarter 3/4 Edition   •   December 2018

 

2014Q1-maskaEngr. Ubale Ahmed Shehu Maska, an Electrical and Telecommunications Engineer with over 29 years experience in the Information Technology and Telecommunications Industry, is the Executive Commissioner, Engineering and Technical Standards, of the Commission.

Born on September 30, 1958 in Maska town in Funtua LGA of Katsina State, he schooled at Gundindi and Baptist Primary School, Funtua, and Sarduna Memorial College Kaduna. He proceeded to the famous Ahmadu Bello University Zaria where he obtained the Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) with 2nd Class Upper Degree, in 1982, and M.Sc. in Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering in 1986. He also acquired another M.Sc in Software Systems Engineering from University of Sheffield, Sheffield United Kingdom in 1992. Engr. Maska began his career, after the NYSC scheme, with the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria as Graduate Assistant in 1983. Between 1989 and 2001 he worked with the National Universities Commission (NUC), Petroleum Equalization Fund (Management) Board (PEFB) and Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF).

In September 2001 he transferred his services to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as Deputy Director Engineering, during which he participated in the designing of the Spectrum Administration procedures and processes with respect to commercial spectrum in Nigeria, Automation of Frequency Management Records and the creation of a Spectrum Pricing Structure. He also established the initial National Frequency Allocation Table along the lines recommended by International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Engr. Maska was later moved to the Technical Standards department in 2006 till 2010 when he moved to head the Cyber Security Unit of the New Media and Cyber Security Department, where in collaboration with International bodies notably, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), he initiated the establishment of the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) for Nigeria.

In 2011 Engr. Maska was moved to head the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Department of the Commission (NCC) and became Director in 2012. He was responsible for ensuring industry compliance to the Commission regulations and guidelines, and enforces sanctions. Engr. Maska’s appointment as Executive Commissioner of NCC by President Goodluck Jonathan was confirmed by the Senate in November 2013.