With its new leadership swinging into action, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reiterated its commitment to ensuring that the nation’s citizenry have the full impact of telecommunication and its service providers.
The Head, Media and Public Relations, Mr. Reuben Muoka in a press statement made available to The Tide Wednesday, said the commission would ensure that programmes and actions aimed at expanding quality and affordable services to the citizens of this country.
Such programmes, Muoka said, include improvement on the quality of services offered by the operators, SIM Card registration, reduction in call tariffs and others.
He said “the commission, which is the overall body that regulates and monitors activities of telecommunications operation in the country is focused mainly on the citizens satisfaction on the services of telecom operators. We will continue to ensure that these options are met not only for the sake of the people and the name of the commission”.
The commission further noted with dismay the reports in the media insinuating that the bank accounts of the Commission have been frozen, following a leadership crisis in the commission.
While stating that such report was false and without any basis, the commission maintained that it was forging ahead with its peaceful atmosphere even with the new leadership abd urged the public to discountenance it.
The statement said “while it is not the intension of the commission to join issues with the press, we have the responsibility to inform the Nigerian public and all industry stakeholders that no account of the commission has been frozen for whatever reason. This was an embarrassing report and remains figurant of the imagination of the author and should be discontinuanced by the general public.
The statement further revealed that there was no crisis of succession in the commission adding that the present executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Bashir Gwandu, the executive Commissioner in charge of Engineering and standards, had since June 21 been appointed to head the commission saying that since the appointment the commission had not experienced an commotion.
“Since his appointment, Dr. Bashir Gwandu, with the full knowledge of the entire staff has continued to perform his duties as the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the commission at our Headquarters in Abuja without let or hindrance. He was at the meeting convened by the house of Representatives Committee on Communications on Wednesday June 23, 2010 and there was no time in the meeting that another person appeared as the Evc. As a matter of fact, the proceedings of the meeting were recorded for transmission by the various television stations and the public can watch the full proceedings of the meeting for confirmation”, it stated.
Describing the news report on such as a distortion of facts and deliberate attempt to paint a picture of crisis where non exist, the statement urged the general public to play down on such reports maintaining that the commission would continue to strive in its responsibilities to the country and would not be discouraged by evil reports.