NCC EVC says agenda accomplished
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
The Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Dr Eugene Juwah, has scored himself high on performance indices.
He declared that over the last five years that he has held sway at the NCC, he has touched all the six items listed as his six-point agenda when he was appointed CEO.
Juwah who spoke after receiving the Public Service Award at The Sun 2014 Awards in Lagos, said he had attended to all the six items on the agenda.
Juwah’s six-point agenda include consolidating on the achievements of his predecessors; taking drastic measures to improve quality of service (QoS); enhancing broadband implementation; improving competition among telecoms players; providing diversified choices for consumers at good quality and price; as well as improving the regulator's presence in the international space.
Speaking on the sidelines of the awards, he declared: “Well I have made a lot of pronouncements in the newspapers about my six point agenda, I have fulfilled that, I have increased subscriber base, I have increased teledensity. I have increased direct foreign investment, I have increased competition, I have increased our present international arena so most of the things I came with I have achieved.”
Reacting to the award, he expressed excitement particularly as it came from the fourth estate of the realm which chief trade is criticism of people in government. He said he had no problem with that because it is their duty to hold public office to account for their deeds, adding however that public officers should be given an opportunity to say their side of the stories before they are published.
Said he: “We regulate a sector that affects the lives of over 140 million Nigerians; a sector that is a primary enabler of every other sector of the country, and life generally. There are weaknesses in the sector as exemplified in the quality of service but the transparency we maintain in regulating the sector as a purely independent regulator are some of the reasons the international community is very interested in the Nigerian market; why investors continue to put more money in spite of discouragement by the activities of some states and local councils; and indeed why the industry continues to grow with no signs of slowing down.”