The executive vice chairman of Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta has assured service providers in the country that multiple regulations, taxes and right of way will be a thing of the past.
Danbatta made this statement when he received the Management Team of ATC Wireless Infrastructure Company of Nigeria (ATC Nigeria) an infrastructure management outfit in Abuja.
He also engaged other agencies of government in talks with a view to improving relationship with telecommunications Service Providers who are often the victims of these taxes and multiple regulations.
The EVC said that NCC as a responsible regulatory agency is worried about multiple regulations and taxes because they do not augur well for smooth development of the telecommunications sector “so we have decided to engage all stakeholders especially other government agencies in order to cushion the pains operators go through”.
Danbatta noted that the commission is particularly worried about the indiscriminate way base transceiver stations are sealed by agencies and some State governments and we have appealed to these agencies and the State Governors to show some understanding.”
“We are particularly in talks with them to understand the implications of these actions as they affect quality of service and other sundry matters, including power supply.”
He therefore implored ATC Nigeria to ensure regular power supply to the managed base stations in order to make a difference, because government has created an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.