Governor Orji Commends NCC for Services Provided to Nigerians
Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has commended the Nigeria
Communications Commission (NCC) for doing a good job in regulating the
activities of service providers in the country.
The Governor who made commendation when he received Chairman of Board of
the NCC, Engr. Peter Igho, and his team at the Government House, Umuahia,
described communication as very essential.
According to him, his administration is addressing some of the problems
confronting the operations of the NCC including the issue of multiple
taxation and right of way, adding that the state government has made
relevant legislation as it concerns telecommunications operation in the
Governor Orji said his administration is poised to make the environment
conducive for NCC and the service providers to operate and pledged to
partner with the commission.
He implored the commission to provide more facilities to educational
institutions in the state as a way of assisting the state government.
Earlier in his speech, Mr. Igho explained that telecommunications
contributes to 8.5 per cent of the nations GDP and has transformed the way
of doing things in the country and made public that his commission is
making effort to improve the quality of service to Nigerians.
Mr. Igho said that Nigeria has 129 million active subscribers while over
50 million Nigerians have access to the internet, adding that the
tele-density is 92 per cent.
He however identified multiple taxation and hidering of the right of way
and vandalisation of ICT facilities as some of the factors that militate
against improved service, pointing out that the commission is currently
pushing for a law to classify telecommunications facilities as critical
He disclosed that NCC has given ICT equipment to 38 secondary schools in
the state among other items given to tertiary institutions in Abia and
appealed to the Governor to partner with his commission to improve the
quality of service to the people.
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