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NCC spends N1bn on universities, secondary schools



The Nigerian Communications Commission says that in 2014 it spent N1bn on various projects in universities and secondary schools across the country through the provision of laptops, desktops, digital content as well as Internet access. The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, stated this while receiving the ‘Pan-African Servant Leadership’ award from the 51-member African Students Union Parliament.

After receiving the award, Juwah said, “This award has raised the stakes for higher commitment and dedication to service delivery in our usual transparent and robust regulation of the telecoms sector in Nigeria.” He said, “We at the commission also went out of our way to intervene in spreading digital penetration in Nigeria which is our core mandate. I am happy you mentioned scholarships to students because last year alone the commission expended the sum of N1bn for various projects in Nigerian universities and secondary schools through the provision of laptops, desktops, digital content as well as internet access.

“This year, we shall empower a number of universities and polytechnics with 1000 tablets each as learning tools so that when the students graduate, they will be digitally empowered to excel anywhere in the world.” Juwah noted that the commission was, among other things, “mandated to ensure tariffs were fair as well as ensure the consumers benefit from the quality of services put out by operators.”

He added, “The commission has also been a major contributor to the Academic Staff Union of Universities through extended intervention and aiding the Federal Government to increase funding to universities.” Meanwhile, the Speaker of the African Students Union Parliament, Mr. Larota Chekibe (University Du Kokodi, Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire), who made the award presentation on behalf of his colleagues, spoke in French, saying the parliament took time to scrutinise Juwah.

“Juwah has committed himself to servicing the common good in accordance with the pan-African ideology by using his good office as Chief Executive Officer of NCC to implement policies that have provided a level playing field for telecoms providers in Nigeria,” Chekibe said.

He added that Juwah’s policies had made the telecoms industry in Nigeria one of the best in Africa and around the world; “protected the consumers without compromising the rights and interests of service providers; and protected and promoted the interests of consumers against unfair practices such as tariff among others.”

-Punch
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