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FG to sanction parastatals lacking in performance – Communications Minister



……sets target for NCC, NITDA others

The Federal Ministry of Communications has announced that the ministry is ready to support as well as sanction any parastatal that fails to step up its performance under the new administration.

The minister of communications,  Dr Isa Ali Pantami who made this known at a briefing said specified targets has been set for Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and all other agencies under the federal ministry of communications.

To all the Chief Executive officer as well as directors under the ministry , Pantami had tasked them on improved performance.

This, according to him is a way to significantly improve the level of their performance to reflect the Next Level paradigm of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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On his expectations on NCC, the minister tasked the commission to bring to an end the issue of sales of pre-registered, unregistered and partially-registered SIM cards, citing that it would help in reducing numerous security challenges the nation face.

He also told the NCC to stem the tide of illegal deduction of the data of subscribers and work towards the downward review of the cost of data, and to ensure compliance with the maximum 2 per cent Call Drop Rate directive to telecom operators.

The Minister task the CEO of Galaxy Backbone Plc to improve the reach and coverage of its services in the public sector and to significantly improve the quality of services provided.

He tasked Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited to significantly improve its level of visibility across the country and to ensure great improvement in the quality of its services.

Pantami told the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), to ensure an appreciable improvement in the efficiency of its letter and parcel delivery service, and to increase the effective area of its coverage in the country.

For the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) the Minister urged them to have a greater level of focus on increasing local content development and patronage in the hardware and software sub-sectors.

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He also charged NITDA to strengthen the execution of its IT project clearance mandate to capture more projects by the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and ensure the promotion and adoption of the Nigeria e-Government Interoperability Framework (Ne-GIF) by the MDAs.

He finally charged the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) to ensure there is a sustainability model in place for all the projects deployed, and prepare a plan to reduce the access gaps in the rural, unserved and underserved areas.

Pantami emphasized the Ministry’s roles of supervision and provision of broad policies for all the parastatals within the Ministry. He informed the CEOs that their performance would be assessed on a monthly basis.

The Minister encouraged synergy, unity and the forging of a harmonious inter-Agency relationship among the parastatals. He also assured them of his total commitment to ensuring that no obstacle stands in the way of the successful execution of their mandates.


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