Maida, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, is confirmed by the Senate
The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Dr. Aminu Maida as substantive Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Maida was confirmed by the Senate during its plenary session on Thursday, where it adopted a report of the Senate Committee on Communications that screened Maida on Wednesday, 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’s 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 possesses the requisite qualifications, professional experience, competence, and regulatory capacity to ensure the accelerated development of the nation’s telecommunications sector.
Consequently, the Senate proceeded to confirm the appointment of Dr. Maida, through a voice vote, to serve a five-year term in office, subject to renewal by the President.
Earlier at his screening by the Senate committee, Maida responded to questions related to his insights into the industry, qualifications, experience, suitability, and competence to manage the nation’s telecom regulatory sector and was variously described by members as the round peg in a round hole.
Maida told the committee that his top priorities are to improve coverage and connectivity by bridging access gaps between rural and urban communities through increased broadband infrastructure, as well as increasing the quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE) for consumers to enable them to get value for money.
He also stated that, under his stewardship, he would ensure that the commission’s licensees, numbering over 8,000 across different segments of the sector, adhere strictly to their Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with their consumers in terms of service delivery.
Maida also said that he would create a more conducive environment for investment in the sector. He promised to work with the dynamic team at the NCC to “re-think” how the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) would be better leveraged to bridge the existing digital divide in the country.
The new chief executive officer of Nigeria’s telecom regulatory authority also promised to prioritize inter-agency collaboration towards achieving the current blueprint for the digital economy sector, just as he said that the ongoing review of the NCA 2003 would lead to greater innovation for improving the performance of the sector and solicited the support of the National Assembly to succeed.
Maida further emphasized his commitment to aligning regulatory activities with the strategic plan of the Ministry of Communications, Innovations, and Digital Economy, developed to accelerate the actualization of the Renewed Hope Agenda of the Federal Government.