Friday, July 19, 2024

Nigeria: Maida Confirmed as Nigerian Communications Commission Boss, Vows to Bridge Access Gap

Following his confirmation as the substantive executive vice chairman and chief executive officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Aminu Maida, has promised to improve coverage and connectivity by bridging access gaps between rural and urban communities.

He said this would be achieved through increased broadband infrastructure, as well as increasing the quality service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) for consumers to enable them get value for their money.

The Senate had on Thursday in Abuja confirmed the appointment of Maida during its plenary session, where it adopted a report of the Senate Committee on Communications that screened Maida on November 15, 2023.

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Communications and former Minister of Communications, Senator Ikra Aliyu Bilbis, who submitted the report, urged the Senate to consider the request of President Bola Tinubu for the confirmation of Maida for appointment as the country’s chief telecom regulator.

He said the committee had screened Maida, who had earlier passed all scrutiny by the relevant security agencies in the security governance sector.

Bilbis informed the Senate that Maida possessed the requisite qualifications, professional experience, competence and regulatory capacity to ensure accelerated development of the country’s telecommunication sector.

Consequently, the Senate proceeded to confirm the appointment of Dr Maida through a voice vote.