By Charles Mgbolu
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, has effected immediate changes in the structure of the Commission, with redeployment of directors and creation of a new department in a move seen as directed towards his announced new focus for the national telecom regulator in the next five years.
According to a release issued by Mr Reuben Muoka, NCC’s Head of Media & PR, the changes will see a deputy director, Engr. Maska Ubale, drafted to head the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Department, an area which Dr. Juwah told journalists in Lagos last week, will receive a lot of attention in his regime as most of the issues confronting the industry are traced to poor level of compliance by the operators.
Dr. Juwah also announced the creation of a new department, Projects office, which will oversee the implementation of the various project of the Commission, including SIM Card registration, Emergency Communication Centres, Number Portability among others, with a deputy director, Mr. Abdullahi Maikano, appointed to head the department and report directly to the EVC.
In the changes, several other directors swapped positions. Former Director of Policy, Competition and Economic Analysis, PCEA, Mrs. Mary Uduma, was moved to head the Consumer Affairs department, a position she swapped with former Director of Consumer Affairs, Mrs. Lolia Emakpore who now heads the PCEA.
Ms. Funlola Akiode, formerly the Director of Compliance and Enforcement Monitoring, is moved to head the department of Corporate Planning and Strategy, while Mr. Efosa Idehen, an Assistant Director in Corporate Planning Department, moves over to the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Department to head its enforcement unit.
Also, an assistant director, formally of the PCEA, Mr. Abubakar Yakubu, moves over to the Corporate Planning Department to head the consultancy unit of the department while another assistant director and Mr. Augustine Odoh, formerly of the Compliance Monitoring Department now heads the NCC’s Zonal office in Port Harcourt. Mr. Inatimi Spiff, an assistant director and formerly the head of the Port Harcourt Zonal Office is redeployed to the PCEA department.
Mr. Okoh Aihe, formerly head of Corporate Services Unit of the USPF, moves over to the office of the Executive Vice Chairman as the Special Assistant to the EVC on Media.