How NCC spends $200m on tours, neglects telecoms regulation
No government agencies in Nigeria spends huge sums of tax park’s money in jamboree and tours as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), according to investigation.
Between 2015 and 2016 alone, the Commission was said to have lavished about $200 million in international tours, which usually have its top officials use first class tickets to visits parts of the world.
Cases of where some infightings , resulting in who is to be among the tourists to Dubai and France and other parts of Europe an the United States were yet to be resolved.
Some officials are alleged to be using the Commission’s facilities to run private services, using cronnies as fronts.
But members of the public, who are at the receiving end of this jamboree are lamenting on how they are getting poor services from the various telecoms services providers without NCC doing anything.
In 2015 NCC came with a directive that telecom providers should not advertise for services they are not capable of rendering, this has never been adhered to since then and none of the operators are known to have been sanctioned pm on that.
The coordinator of Association on telecoms Consumers, Mr. Lane Onalaska said the only time NCC had come out with its fangs was when the security reports indicted MTN for not registering most of its subscribers.
This failure on the part of NCC to check the negligence of the operator on time was said to have aided the activities of some hoodlums an insurgency in the north east.
“Apart from the fine of about $1.5 billion imposed on MTN, which other operator has been sanctioned for failing to deliver service and for which NCC is in the know, ” the coordinator stated.
As at March 2017, NCC officials have undertaken close to three overseer trips, involving at least 20 officials, four trips to African countries involving 15 and countless number of visits to traditional rulers in Nigeria, which usually shut down businesses zonally.
But a senior media manager in the Commission defending the tours said they are part of the ways to keep the officials abreast with development outside its immediate environment.
Just on April 12, 2017, a large encouraged, led by the NCC Chairman, Senator Otunba Olabiyi Durojaiye paid a visit to the Kano Zonal Office of the Commission to familiarize himself with the operations of the Kano Zonal Office.
The Chairman’s tour put a hold on all official duties for days it lasted.
So also, similar tours by the Chief Executive officer,of the Commission Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Garba, who has literally toured round the globe since assuming office about two years ago.
What has been of much worry to observers is that nothing is being done to improve on the quality of services paid for by the subscribers to telecoms services.
“But the regulators are less concerned so long as there are trips to make”, said one aggrieved GSM subscriber, who complained of being severally cheated by one of the service providers, for which nobody comes to her help.