By Emeka Aginam
To drive its telecom regulatory mandate in the fast evolving telecom industry in the next five years from 2013 to 2017, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, weekend in Abuja unveiled a new five year strategic management plan.
The formal unveiling of the SMP by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Eugene Juwah, was the culmination of over twelve months of industry consultations in a process managed by Price Water House Coopers, PWC, with the cross section of the industry stakeholders and staff of the Commission making inputs at various stages of its articulation.
The NCC EVC, who presided over the presentation of details of the plan by PWC to the senior management of the Commission, before handing over to Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Mr. Okechukwu Itanyi, said the formal unveiling of the new SMP will serve as a roadmap for the future.
He said they took into consideration the current and emerging trends in the industry and the numerous expectations of the diverse stakeholders.
According to him, the SMP document was a living document which must be consulted regularly to ensure that the Commission is on track towards achieving the objectives which have been collectively articulated.
He said: “A robust SMP like ours has many purposes such as ensuring the alignment of day-to-day work to the Commission’s strategy; prioritizing programmes and projects to achieve NCC’s goals and objectives; ensuring optimal use of NCC’s recourses.
“Others include providing objective basis for performance monitoring and management, and meeting the Commission’s vision and mission.”
After the ceremonial commitments to the new SMP by all the directors and heads of departments of the Commission on behalf of the entire staff, Mr. Itanyi said the declaration was an affirmation, and indeed a commitment to execute all tasks assigned to them in their departments’ scorecards within the lifespan of the strategic plan and would serve as a measure of their performance in the plan.
The Commission also announced a retuning of its mission which it now says is to “support a market driven communications industry and promote universal access” while the vision now reads “to be a responsive world class communications regulatory organisation.”
Similarly, the Director of Public Affairs of NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo who expatiated on the new vision and mission said both are predicated on the dynamic nature of the industry today. He recapped that the idea of the new mission designed to support market driven communications industry and promote universal access is because of the new direction the industry is taking, especially in the area of convergence and frontiers of broadband Internet services which are all aimed at providing quality access to all.
On the new vision, which is to be a responsive communications industry regulator, he said this is to put the Commission in a position to be able to quickly respond to the dynamics of the industry for optimum delivery to all the industry stakeholders, especially the consumers.
He said the overarching principle behind the new mission and vision is “to promote an information rich environment that can compete globally through the provision of quality communications service”.
Also speaking, the Director of Corporate Planning and Strategy, Ms. Funlola Akiode, said the journey to produce the SMP was arduous but worth the while. She commended the staff and stakeholders for contributing to the success of the document.