Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Professor Umar Garba has called on the agencies of the nation’s security sector to sign what he termed ‘strategic partnership’ with the commission in order to stop the activities of criminals undermining the operations of the telecommunications industry.
The NCCAA boss stated this in Keffi, Nasarawa State, recently at the North Central Zonal Sensitization Workshop organized by the Commission for personnel of the nation’s security agencies.
According to him, the collaboration and partnership was important to enable the Commission to “move steadily in harnessing fully, the potential of telecommunications and to sustain the exponential growth in the sector in view of the central role telecommunication plays in the social and economic development of the nation”.
Danbatta thanked the Office of the National Security Adviser, the Nigeria Police Force, the Department of State Services, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigeria Customs Service, the Federal Road Safety Commission and other agencies in their roles in making sure that the NCC contain telecom crimes.
The Workshop, which was attended by personnel from all those agencies, featured paper presentations covering the gamut of challenges of enforcement processes including the role of ICT in Effective Policing; Challenges of Prosecuting Telecom Offences; Overview of NCC Enforcement Regulations; and Overview of NCC Enforcement Powers under the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003.
Resource persons at the Workshop included Dr. Solomon Arase, former Inspector General of Police; and Paul Usoro, SAN, as well as the representation from the Commission which includes Efosa Idehen, Head Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement who represented the EVC; Dr. Henry Nkemadu, Deputy Director Research and Development; Helen Obi, Head Zonal Operations; Salisu Abdu, Head Enforcement; GT Mohammed, Assistant Director Legal and Regulatory Services; and Al-Kassim Umar, Head Compliance Monitoring.