- Senate has approved President Buhari's nomination for NCC governing board
- The appointee, Adeleke Adewolu, is now an executive commissioner on NCC's board
- Speaking during plenary, Senator Uche Ekwunife said the southeast should be included in the NCC's governing board
The Senate has confirmed the nomination of Adeleke Adewolu as an executive commissioner on the governing board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Legit.ng reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had sent Adewolu's name to the upper legislative chamber for confirmation, following the appointment of the former occupier of the seat, Sunday Dare, as a minister of sports and youth development.
The new NCC commissioner's appointment was confirmed on Wednesday, October 9, during the plenary session after the report of screening committee was laid by Senator Oluremi Tinubu.
Speaking after the confirmation, the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, said the NCC had not been doing well in term of SIM registration, adding that some telecommunication companies fail to pay necessary taxes.
He said: “I must confess that the NCC has not been doing well, we still have so many unregistered sim cards, some of the telecommunication companies still do not pay the necessary taxes. Nigerians still do not enjoy quality services from the telecommunication companies.”
In her comments, Senator Uche Ekwunife, noted that the Senate received and considered the report of committee on communications on the screening of nomination of Adewole for confirmation as commissioner.
She, however, said that the southeast should be included in the NCC's governing board, adding that every zone of the country must be represented.
Supporting Senator Ekwunife's position, the former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, cited section 53 of the Nigerian constitution that talks about federal character.
“I cite section 53 to buttress Senator Uche’s point. I want to appeal to the chairman of the federal character committee to look into appointments from now henceforth," he said.
In his response, Lawan asked the chairman of the federal character committee to investigate, "this and do something to reflect the presence of the south east as the law provides for."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the NCC blocked a total of 2.224 million improperly registered SIM cards from telecom services.
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