NCC CEO Advocates Local Content, Consumer Protection

In a compelling speech delivered at the 45th Kaduna International Trade Fair, Dr. Aminu Maida, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), underscored the pivotal role of local content in the telecommunications sector and reiterated the commitment to consumer protection.

The trade fair’s theme, “Sustaining Economic Recovery through Deepening Local Content Value Chain,” resonated with NCC’s objectives, reflecting the commission’s dedication to fostering an environment where local content and innovation thrive.

As the regulatory authority overseeing telecommunications in Nigeria, NCC’s vision revolves around creating a dynamic environment for universal access to affordable and equitable services, supporting the nation’s economic growth.

Dr. Maida highlighted the NCC’s focus on deepening the local content value chain, emphasizing its contribution to economic opportunities, technological advancement, job creation, and skills development.

Initiatives such as the Nigerian Office for Development of Indigenous Telecommunications Sector (NODITS) and various hackathons have been implemented to promote local manufacturing, software development, and digital skills among Nigerian youth.

Dr. Maida proudly announced the winners of the 2023 Hackathon, showcasing innovations in data protection, assistive technology, and technology solutions for renewable energy.

He also emphasized the NCC’s commitment to consumer protection and empowerment. Dr. Maida stressed the importance of an empowered consumer base for driving demand and sustaining the growth of the local content value chain. The telecoms industry’s contribution to the nation’s GDP stood at a noteworthy 13.5% by Q3 2023.

Consumer protection measures outlined in the speech included the Do-Not-Disturb service, Mobile Number Portability, and initiatives against the sale of pre-registered SIM cards. Dr. Maida detailed the NCC’s regulatory framework that promotes transparency, quality of service, and fair competition. He urged businesses to prioritize customer satisfaction and uphold high service delivery standards.

He however concluded with a critical national security announcement – the necessity of linking National Identification Numbers (NIN) to SIM cards.

Dr. Maida directed all telecommunication operators to bar phone lines of subscribers not linked to their NINs by February 28, 2024.

In closing, Dr. Maida expressed gratitude to the organizers of the trade fair and invited participants to visit the NCC Pavilion for further engagement, inquiries, and discussions with service providers. The speech concluded with best wishes for a successful and productive trade fair.

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