The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has opposed a tariff hike in the telecoms sector, stating that it could negatively impact both the industry and the nation’s economic growth. NCC emphasizes that tariff adjustments should be determined by market forces and industry stakeholders, not by government intervention, especially during a challenging period when Nigerians are facing economic difficulties due to fuel subsidy removal.
Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, expressed this stance while receiving the Titans of Tech Award in Lagos. The event also recognized Mr. Reuben Muoka, the Director of Public Affairs at NCC, for his contributions in building the image of NCC and raising its profile.
Danbatta clarified that NCC has no intentions of increasing telecoms tariffs due to subsidy removal, highlighting that any changes in tariff are made after extensive industry consultations. Mr. Yomi Arowosafe, the Lagos Zonal Controller of NCC, representing Danbatta at the event, reaffirmed that tariff adjustments are primarily influenced by market dynamics and input from industry stakeholders.
In response to the accolades received, Arowosafe expressed gratitude and credited the successful performance of the industry to Danbatta’s leadership. He acknowledged the Titans of Tech Award for recognizing the efforts of the Executive Vice Chairman and NCC.
During the event, Mr. Femi Pedro, former governor of Lagos State, stressed the importance of promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) from primary to tertiary education. Pedro emphasized that technology adoption is crucial for Nigeria’s economic development and commended the award event organizers for highlighting this vital aspect.