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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) recently organized a one-day stakeholders’ event in Abuja to gather input on three critical subsidiary regulations. The focus was on the Telecommunications Networks Interconnect Regulations, the Guidelines on Procedure for Granting Approval to Disconnect, and the Guidelines for Dispute Resolution.

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Dr. Aminu Maida, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the NCC, emphasized the importance of these regulations in shaping the future of Nigeria’s communications landscape. “This public inquiry demonstrates our commitment to transparency and inclusivity, ensuring that all stakeholder voices are heard and considered,” Maida stated.

He highlighted the necessity of these regulatory instruments in addressing the evolving challenges, trends, and opportunities within the industry. “The instruments we reviewed today are crucial in ensuring the communications sector meets the demands of the ever-evolving digital age,” he added.

Telecommunications Networks Interconnect Regulations

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“Interconnection plays a vital role in enabling seamless communication between different networks and facilitating the growth of the communications industry in Nigeria. This review is essential to keep pace with technological advancements, foster competition, protect consumer interests, align with international standards, and improve regulatory efficiency,” Maida explained.

Guidelines on Procedure for Granting Approval to Disconnect Telecommunications Operators

“As the industry evolves, there are instances where disconnection of operators becomes necessary. These guidelines lay out a procedural framework for such approvals, ensuring they are conducted transparently and accountably,” Maida noted.

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Guidelines for Dispute Resolution

“Disputes are an inevitable part of any industry. Having a robust framework to resolve them is crucial. These guidelines aim to provide a clear and transparent mechanism for resolving conflicts within the communications sector, promoting timely resolutions, and ensuring stakeholders are treated fairly,” Maida said. He stressed the importance of continuously evaluating and improving these guidelines to maintain a stable telecommunications ecosystem.

Mrs. Chizua Whyte, the Acting Head of Legal & Regulatory Services at the NCC, reiterated the commission’s dedication to regulatory excellence. “The Public Inquiry underscores our commitment to building a robust communications sector that supports the Nigerian economy. We value your contributions and look forward to shaping a strong, dynamic industry together,” Whyte concluded.

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