Dr. Aminu Maida, the newly appointed Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has outlined his key priorities. He emphasized his commitment to enhancing the Quality of Service (QoS) on the nation’s networks and achieving broadband penetration targets. Furthermore, he pledged his full support for the federal government’s vision and the Ministry of Communications, Innovations, and Digital Economy,leadership reports.
During a meeting with the senior management team of the commission at its headquarters in Abuja, Maida expressed his intention to align the commission’s regulatory focus with the goals of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s “Renewed Hope” agenda, which aims to advance the country’s digital transformation.
Maida stressed the importance of ensuring that all Nigerians have access to affordable and reliable broadband services, including effective broadband infrastructure expansion across the entire country. He acknowledged the increasing shift towards digital and virtual activities, placing greater stress on the telecommunications infrastructure.
To address these challenges, Maida’s vision includes increasing broadband penetration to 70 percent and covering 90 percent of the population by 2025. He emphasized the need to establish a robust and reliable telecom industry with exceptional QoS indicators, where Quality of Experience (QoE) is the ultimate goal.
This will involve addressing issues like the Right of Way (RoW) challenges and ensuring the security of telecom infrastructure. Maida stressed the importance of a performance-driven approach to significantly improve service delivery.
He also highlighted President Tinubu’s major areas of focus, which include job creation and enabling the digital economy. Maida affirmed his commitment to aligning all commission activities with the strategic plans of the Minister of Communications, Innovations, and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, and President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s “Renewed Hope” agenda.
Maida noted the Minister’s plan to empower three million Nigerians in digital skills and entrepreneurship, which requires support for the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) as a digital training institution.
The EVC emphasized the significance of effective spectrum management and utilization in supporting the envisioned digital connectivity agenda, which is vital for providing services to Nigerians and businesses.
Maida expressed appreciation for his predecessors and the entire commission staff for their contributions to the digital transformation of various sectors. He called on the commission’s staff to work as a united team, guided by a sense of purpose, to advance the realization of the President’s “Renewed Hope” agenda, which aims to foster a thriving digital economy, sustainable development, and an improved quality of life for all citizens.