A GOODWILL MESSAGE BY HON. (PRINCE) AKEEM ADEYEMI, CHAIRMAN, HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS AT THE JOINT LAUNCH OF THE STRATEGIC VISION (IMPLEMENTATION) PLAN (SVP) 2021-2025, THE COMPENDIUM OF EVC’S SPEECHES AND NCC GLOBAL CONNECT, HOLDING TODAY, 7th SEPTEMBER, 2021.
It is a great honour to be here today in my capacity as the Chairman of the House Committee on Telecommunications and on behalf of members of the committee and the entire House of Representatives, I wish to congratulate the management and staff of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) for bringing us here today to witness yet another laudable initiative which I tagged the 2nd phase of achievements on the diligent implementation of the NCC’s Strategic Vision Plan (SVP) of 2015 -2020 which provided a roadmap, focused on the Commission Regulatory Agenda that responds to the policy goals of the Nigerian Communications Commission.
It is no doubt that the Communication Sector has immensely, in short, has been a major contributor to the nation’s GDP in the last few years, for which the handlers of the sector and the entire stakeholders must be commended.
Without bothering you with along goodwill message, I wish to stressed that as we celebrate the achievement of the first phase of the strategic vision 2015 – 2020 and now ushering into the second phase of the strategic vision 2021-2025, emphases should focus on continuous SIM registration audit to provide security and curtail incidences of banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery; creation of Emergency Communications Centres in more states of the federation; and execution of the counterpart funding agreements with the licensed Infrastructure companies to facilitate the digital transformation of the economy.
The need to reduce the access gap cluster and ensure that all Nigerians have access to telecoms services. As well as the need to deploy fibre infrastructure across the six-geo political zones will also help to galvanize increased connectivity, and by extension, this will also bring about a reduction in the cost of data.
On a lighter note and also off-camera, if all these are achieved our dream for transmission of election results electronically will be achieved
The Committee and indeed the 9th House of Representatives remain committed to its core responsibility of providing the needed legislative framework to empower agencies of government to carry out their mandates. With this I urge the management of NCC to come up with an amendment in its existing Act which it feels is needed to improve its regulatory function, the Committee will not hesitate to look into it as it will further empower the Commission to do more in terms of efficient service delivery, well-regulated sector and improve revenue generation for the country.
As partners in this Nigerian Project and representatives of all Nigerians, we will continue to support NCC and other agencies under our purview.
Thank you all for listening.
Hon. (Prince) Akeem Adeyemi