African Students Honour NCC CEO

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The African Students Union Parliament recognises Eugene Juwah, executive vice chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission by giving him a servant leadership award

EUGENE Juwah, executive vice chairman, and chief executive officer, Nigerian Communications Commission, has added another feather to his cap. The 51-member countries African Students Union Parliament, ASUP, recently gave him the Pan-African Servant Leadership Award for hard work and dedication to national service.

Larota Chekibe, speaker of the parliament, who made the presentation on behalf of his colleagues, spoke in French, saying the parliament took time to scrutinise Juwah who has committed himself to service for the common good of the people in accordance with the Pan-African ideology by using his good office as chief executive officer of NCC to implement policies that have provided a level playing field for telecom providers in Nigeria; made the telecom industry in Nigeria one of the best in Africa and around the world; protected the consumers without compromising the rights and interests of service providers; and protected and promoted the interests of consumers against unfair practices such as tariff among others.

The speaker said the youths and students of Africa wish to humbly request that the “brains here in NCC shouldn’t channel their intellectual ability and effort towards the development of the telecoms industry in Nigeria alone, but should extend same to other African countries through exchange programmes and regional conferences because the challenges facing the continent are similar and for us to build the Africa of our collective dreams, we must learn to imbibe and embrace the Pan-African ideology if we view our challenges as the same”.

The students recalled that the decision to name Juwah for this award was applauded by all the members of Parliament at a conference held at the University of Livingstonia, Malawi.

Responding, Juwah, said “this award has raised the stakes for higher commitment and dedication to service delivery in our usual transparent and robust regulation of the telecoms sector in Nigeria”. He told the students that in 2014 alone, the Commission also went out of its way to intervene in spreading digital penetration in Nigeria which is our core mandate. I am happy you mentioned scholarships to students because last year alone the commission expended the sum of N1billion (One Billion Naira) for various projects in Nigerian Universities and Secondary Schools through the provision of laptops, desktops, digital content as well as internet access”.

“This year, we shall empower a number of Universities and Polytechnics with 1000 tablets each as learning tools so that when the students graduate, they will be digitally empowered to excel anywhere in the world.

The Commission is among other things mandated to ensure tariffs are fair as well as ensure the consumers benefit from the quality of services put out by operators.

The Commission has also been a major contributor to the Academic Staff Union of Universities through extended intervention and aiding the Federal Government to increase funding to Universities.

Some officials of the NCC who witnessed the ceremony in Abuja include Fidelis Onah, director, Human Capital and Infrastructure Group, Abigail Sholanke, director, Finance Services, Josephine Amuwa, director, Policy Competition and Economic Analysis, Reuben Muoka, head, Public Relations,  Okoh Aihe, Special Assistant (Media) to the EVC, and Sonny Aragba-Akpore, head, Media Management, among others.

— Apr. 27, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT

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