The DPA receiving the ATCON plaque from
Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, Executive Gov. of Sokoto State

The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) at its 21st anniversary celebration in Lagos honoured the Nigerian Communications Commission with the Telecoms Merit Award. Speaking on the occasion after receiving the award on behalf of the commission, the Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo who represented the Acting EVC of the Commission, Professor Umar Danbatta gave the assurance that the NCC will come up with programmes to license more spectrums for pervasive broadband deployment across the country. According to him, "this will ensure that we have enough pervasive internet penetration". Ojobo assured that the NCC will continue to implement policies that guarantee good operating environment for telecom players.

The occasion also saw the inauguration of a 49-man ‘Nigeria Telecoms Industry Advisory Council’ aimed at facilitating the growth of the industry, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The President, ATCON, Mr Lanre Ajayi, said that the formation of the council was a way of mobilizing the stakeholders and to generate new ideas.

“ATCON National Executive Council (NEC) approved the formation of the Telecoms Industry Advisory Council, which is a platform that brings people with deep experience,” Ajayi said. He added that the council was a combination of retired and current actors in the industry that will brainstorm on contemporary issues with the aim of guiding the industry by issuing advisory notes through the association’s NEC. According to him, the council is made up of all past Ministers of Communication (or equivalent ministries) and past Executive Vice Chairmen of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

“The council is also made up of past presidents of ATCON and 15 distinguished major actors in the Nigerian telecommunications industry,” he said.