Gambia’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Ousman Bah, has applauded Nigeria’s leaps in telecommunications regulation, saying it has become a benchmark for other countries.
The Minister’s congratulations were conveyed in a statement by the Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Reuben Muoka.
Bah, who led a Gambian delegation including industry regulators on a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) management in Abuja 3, said the visit was prompted by the success that Nigeria has witnessed in the sector and the need for The Gambia to follow the same path of success.
He said it is for this reason that the West African nation has made arrangements to establish an independent regulatory commission for its telecommunications industry like Nigeria’s NCC.
“Current industry statistics are proof that Nigeria is achieving its goals of digitalizing its economy.”
He sought the advisory support and strategic collaboration of the Commission to accelerate economic growth and improve efficiency in the two countries and strengthen all sectors across the African continent.
NCC’s Director of Legal and Regulatory Services, Josephine Amuwa, who received the delegation on behalf of NCC’s Executive Vice President, Professor Umar Danbatta, highlighted the impact of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003.
She stated that the NCA 2003 empowers the Commission to effectively carry out its regulatory mandate, one of which is to create an environment conducive to competition among operators in the sector, as well as the provision of quality telecommunications services and effective across the country.
Amuwa spoke about the role of the Commission in ensuring that the mandate of the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) is accomplished and this has led to the implementation of various programs to benefit Nigerians.
“The USPF was also created by the 2003 NCA to ensure that services are extended to rural communities to ensure that telecommunications services are available in unserved and underserved areas, even in urban areas, to meet to government objectives..”
Amuwa also cited the consultative and collaborative approach to telecommunications regulation as one of the Commission’s success factors.
“The Commission adopts a participatory rule-making process where key industry players are invited to a public hearing for further deliberation to ensure that stakeholder views are considered when establishing of these regulatory guidelines”, she says.
Amuwa encouraged the delegation to visit the Commission’s website to study the published regulatory guidelines on all necessary issues.
She explained that the guidelines give full effect to the provisions and administration of the NCA 2003.