By Nnamdi Ojiego
Executive Vice Chairman of National Communication Commission, NCC, Engr. Ernest Ndukwe has attributed the high level of lobbying by some Nigerians to succeedÂ him, to the success recorded so far in the industry.
Ndukwe revealed this while speaking at the â€œ Guest of the Weekâ€, on Channels Television, weekend. He said NCC has made tremendous achievements under his administration which have made it so attractive that people now clamour for the position.
He stated that when he joined the commissionÂ in 2000, people did not know much about NCC, which he said, has become a household name today.
The EVC however, decried the inordinate quest by some of the people seeking to succeed him, saying that the lobbying has gone to the extent of appearing in newspaper publications. He insisted that the position should not be lobbied for unless somebody was going there to steal.
While stating that he left nothing undone in the industry, the outgoing NCC boss stressed that there were a lot to be done, especially in the areas of broadband and internet penetration. According to him, the nation’s internet penetration was less than eight per cent
He however, encouraged whoever succeeds him to raise the level of broadband and internet penetration in the country, and to protect the consumers by ensuring thatÂ they get quality services for their money.
Ndukwe further explained that it was in the quest to address customers’ complaints that he formed consumers parliament. â€œNigerians are not used to complaining when not satisfied with service, so I felt itâ€™s necessary to bring the regulator, operators and the subscribers together so that we can talk about it,â€ he said, adding that the forum has become so successful that consumers now look forward to it.