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President seeks confirmation of NCC Board nominees

President seeks confirmation of NCC Board nominees
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President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Senate to confirm seven nominees for Board of Commissioners positions at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Following the resumption of plenary on Monday by the Senate, the nominees submitted by the Presidency for the confirmation and appointment as board members for and the power sector regulator, the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) was read at plenary by Bukola Saraki, Senate President.

The Presidency presented with the following members for the NCC Board confirmation: Senator Olabiyi Durajaiye, Chairman; Sunday Dare, Executive Commissioner; Aliyu Sa’ida Abubakar, Stakeholders Management; Clement Omeiza Baiye, Non executive Commissioner; Chief Okoi Ofem Obono Obia, Non executive Commissioner; Pastor Ezekiel Yissa , Non executive Commissioner; Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, Non executive Commissioner.

Professor Umar Danbata, Executive Vice Chairman at NCC.
Technology Times file photo shows Professor Umar Danbata, Executive Vice Chairman at NCC, (in front) at a public event.

[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]The submission of the nominees for the NCC board to the Senate by the President is in fulfillment of the provision of the Nigerian Communication Commission Act (2003), the enabling law of the telecoms regulator, which in section 8 subsection (1) states that “Subject to Subsection (2) of this section, all Commissioners to be appointed after the coming into force of this Act shall be appointed by the President in accordance with section 7 of this Act, from the 6 geo-political zones of Nigeria subject to the confirmation by the Senate.”[/quote]Those presented for NERC are Professor Akintunde I. Akinwande, Chairman; Sanusi Garba, Vice Chairman; Nathan R. Shanti, Commissioner; Dr. Moses Arigu, Commissioner; Dafe C. Akpeneye, Commissioner; Professor Frank Okafor, Commissioner and Dr. Musiliu O. Oseni, Commissioner.

The submission of the nominees for the NCC board to the Senate by the President is in fulfillment of the provision of the Nigerian Communication Commission Act (2003), the enabling law of the telecoms regulator, which in section 8 subsection (1) states that “Subject to Subsection (2) of this section, all Commissioners to be appointed after the coming into force of this Act shall be appointed by the President in accordance with section 7 of this Act, from the 6 geo-political zones of Nigeria subject to the confirmation by the Senate.”

The same applies to the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) as it is also in accordance with section 34 of the Electric Power Sector reform CAP E7 LFN.

If confirmed by the senate, the NCC Board shall make recommendations to the President on suitably qualified persons for appointment as the Commission’s Chief Executive and Executive Commissioners and the President shall take the Commission’s recommendations into consideration for the appointment, according to subsection (2) of section 8 of the Act.

The subsection (3) of section 8 of the NCC Act (2003) stipulates that “All Commissioners, except the Chief Executive and the Executive Commissioners, shall hold office on part-time basis.”

On the tenure of the NCC Commissioners, subsection 4 of section 8 also stipulates that “Subject to sections 11(3) and 11(4) of this Act, each Commissioner shall serve for a term of 5 (five) years from the date of his appointment at the expiration of which the President may renew his term for a further period of 5 years and no more.”

Donatus Anichukwueze Technology Journalist at Technology Times Media Phone No: 08074016066 e-mail: donatus.anichukwueze@technologytimes.ng

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