Telecoms: Interconnectivity Debts Stand At N165bn- NCC
By Olabisi Olaleye
Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission,Professor. Umar Danbatta disclosed recently that interconnectivity debts is now N165 billion and the commission is concerned over how to resolve the issue.
Prof. Danbatta revealed this during the courtesy visit by Mr. Olusola Teniola, President,Association of Telecommunications Companies Of Nigeria (ATCON),and other newly elected National Executive Council (NEC),members.
The NCC’s boss also said that a meeting was held to proffer some long lasting solutions to the issue of interconnectivity debts, saying, “A pragmatic plan needs to be put in place to mitigate incidence of interconnectivity debts in the industry as it is causing a lot of unnecessary distractions for the commission”.
L-R: Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, ATCON 1st Vice President; Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC of NCC, Mr. Olusola Teniola, ATCON President and Mr. Tony Ojobo, Director, Public Affairs, NCC shortly after a courtesy call by ATCON.
He however, noted that the commission would appreciate an approach from ATCON to address the issue before it grows beyond what it is. While congratulating the Atcon for being in existence for 25 years, he also commended it for a well-deserved mandate given to Mr. Olusola Teniola and the new exco by the entire members of ATCON, he said Teniola should use this particular tenure to further strengthen the association.
On local content, the Commission said it was working seriously to make sure that the initiative of local content see the light of the day but “There is need for all stakeholders to pull strings from all sides so that the process can be accelerated as expected. ATCON also needs to advocate more in favour of local content initiative so that the office of Nigerian Content can do the needful”.