February 25, 2024

ATCIS Commends NCC, Seeks Better Deal For Members, Subscribers

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ATCIS Commends NCC, Seeks Better Deal For Members, Subscribers

The National President of the Association of Telephone Cable Tv and Internet Subscribers of Nigeria (ATCIS), Hon. Shina Bilesanmi has commended the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) led by its Executive Chairman, Prof. Umar Garba Danbata for sustaining the vision and mission of the agency.

Bilesanmi stated this on Thursday June 23, during the 90th Nigerian Communication Commission’s Consumer Parliament hosted by the Consumers with the theme: “5G Technology: Opportunities and Challenges” in Lagos.

He said that the NCC is trying its best, but that more still needed to be done, adding that 5G technology is a game changer.

Hon. Shina Bilesanmi with Members of the Group

While saying that 5G Technology might not come cheaper, he thanked Engineer Wakil Bako for his deep knowledge about 5G technology, adding that he is well grounded in it, but that they still needed to do better and consider their policy concerning the end users and subscribers .

According to him, “NCC and the Federal Government should not see us as enemies. Our advocacy group is there to assist the government, we are just like an eagle eye, the policy makers are there to defend the government.

“Likewise, we are there to protect the interest of the subscribers. 5G network device would not come cheaper, but we had proposed to the government before to bring the manufacturer (s) of such devices into the country to activate our local content law, and give our unemployed youths jobs.

“We did not say that telecoms companies should not make money, but they should have the subscribers in mind so that it won’t just be a wasted effort.

“Considering the population of Nigeria, the market is there for them to make money. We just want them to work out a system that would be suitable for the over 200 million subscribers in the geo-political zones of the country. The telecoms industry contributes about N3.3 trillion to the GDP considering the money people spend to purchase airtime and data.

“ATCIS is there to protect the image and to defend the rights of subscribers and also to promote the telecoms industry and market them based on our huge membership base,” he said.

According to Bilesanmi, by August 24, 2022, the association will mark Fun Day, and celebrate the launch of 5G network.

The ATCIS President stated that the body had proposed proposed to the federal government to compel a sim card manufacturer to produce in Lagos, Nigeria.

“As we speak, they are on Oregun Road in Lagos manufacturing sim cards. It’s usually like that, usage of such new technology could be costly, but as time goes on it would come down,” he said.

Bilesanmi used the opportunity to congratulate the new Director of Public Affairs of NCC, Mr. Reuben Muoka, who he said is an innovative journalist and a consummate public relations practitioner.

Reuben Muoka takes over from Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, who has since assumed duties as the Director of the Special Duties Department of the Commission.

The new NCC’s spokesman was recently promoted to a substantive Director alongside Ismail Adedigba, now Director of Research and Development (R&D); and Gwa-Tobi Mohammed, who has also assumed duties as Director/Secretary to the Board of the Commission.

Muoka was in 2021 appointed to head the Special Duties Department, which super-intends the International Relations Unit; Emergency Communication Centres Unit; the Public-Private Partnership Unit; and the Security Services Unit of the Commission.

He was promoted as the Director of the Department before his current redeployment to lead the Public Affairs Department, the arm of the Commission mandated to manage the image and visibility of Nigeria’s telecom regulator and a leading light of the Nigerian public service.

Muoka is expected to bring his rich and versatile experience in both specialized and traditional journalism, public relations, integrated marketing communications (IMC), corporate communication, and people management, to bear on the Commission’s vision to expand the frontiers of its public goodwill and the impact of its reputational assets.

A former Deputy Communications Editor of the Vanguard Newspapers, and former Deputy General Manager at MTS First Wireless (Nigeria’s first mobile telephone operator), Muoka joined the NCC in 2007 as a Principal Manager and was deployed to the Public Affairs Department, where he headed the Media and Public Relations Unit.

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