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NCC To Strengthen Judicial Collaboration In Tackling Telecoms Service Challenges

As Danbatta receives commendation on nation’s digital transformation

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Executive Vice Chairman (EVC)/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta during the courtesy visit.In a bid to further protect telecoms infrastructure in the country, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has restated its commitment to continue to strengthen collaboration with judicial institutions in Nigeria.

Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs at NCC, revealed this in a statement on July 26, 2021.

Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, gave the assurance during a courtesy visit by a high-powered delegation of Kano State Judiciary to the chief telecom regulator at NCC Kano Zonal Office, in Kano, over the weekend.

Danbatta (left) and Chief Registrar, Kano High Court of Justice, Abdullahi Ado-Bayero.
Danbatta (left) and Chief Registrar, Kano High Court of Justice, Abdullahi Ado-Bayero.

Addressing the judicial delegation, Danbatta said, while the Commission is doing everything within its regulatory mandate to enforce compliance among licensees as well as collaborating with stakeholders to protect telecom infrastructure, some individuals indulge in willful damage of telecom infrastructure, vandalism, telecoms facility theft, and fibre cuts, among other crimes.

He said the criminal acts conspire to degrade the quality of service (QoS) in the country, and since NCC has no prosecutorial power, the need to strengthen collaboration with the judicial arm of the government at all levels has become expedient.

Special Assistant, Media to the EVC, Yakubu Musa; NCC Kano Zonal Controller, Shuainu Swade and Danbatta.
Special Assistant, Media to the EVC, Yakubu Musa; NCC Kano Zonal Controller, Shuainu Swade and Danbatta.

Danbatta expressed;

NCC does not have prosecutorial power in criminal acts committed by the citizens and licensees which are inimical to the progress of the sector; and we appreciate the ways and manners such criminal cases are being dispensed by the judiciary. This is a testimony to the kind cooperation NCC has been enjoying from the judiciary.

According to Danbatta, the Commission will never fold its arms while unscrupulous citizens cause havoc on telecommunications infrastructure since that affects the quality of service innocent citizens enjoy.

Danbatta (left) and Ado-Bayero

He stated;

Therein lies the importance of the judiciary in the work that we have been assigned by the government to do. We very much appreciate this cooperation with the judiciary and we are committed to ensuring that the cooperation grows stronger and stronger going forward.

According to him, the recently-concluded NCC Judges Workshop held in Abuja was a very important initiative of the Commission to continuously collaborate with members of the judicial arm of government through updating them with the trends and regulatory dynamism of the sector with a view to improving their knowledge for effective dispensation of justice.

Earlier in his address, the Chief Registrar of Kano State High Court of Justice, Abdullahi Ado Bayero, who led the delegation, commended the efforts of Prof. Danbatta and NCC in the fast-tracking digital transformation of governance and other sectors of the economy, adding that Judiciary, as a whole, has recognised the necessity and inevitability of digital justice system as well as full integration of ICT-based court system in the administration of justice.

He said this position is well entrenched in National Judiciary Information Technology Policy (NJITP), 2021 and is consistent with the NCC’s objective and strategic intervention to advance ICT knowledge and training for various public institutions in Nigeria.

Group photo of the EVC, NCC Officials and visiting members of Kano State Judiciary.

Bayero expressed;

It is in line with the above that the Kano State Judiciary is determined to explore all necessary avenues and opportunities to integrate ICT-based court systems as well as digitised justice delivery systems for the efficient and effective administration of justice in the state and we request NCC’s intervention in this regard.

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