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NCC 2021 BMR: Akande, Danbatta commit to drive next phase of industry growth

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Nasiru Yusuf

 

As the three-day 2021 Board and Management Retreat (BMR) organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) comes to a close, the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Umar Garba Danbatta, has re-emphasised the confidence of Management in the continuous support of its Board of Commissioners towards actualising the set targets and goals for advancing the growth of the telecoms industry.

KANO FOCUS reports that on the heels of Danbatta’s declaration came a pledge by Chairman, NCC Board of Commissioners, Adeolu Akanade, ‘to go to the drawing table’ in ensuring the Commission is well positioned to deliver on its mandates. The Chairman promised that the Board will work on issues that will help strengthen the regulator to deliver more effectively on its mandates.

Speaking at the wrap-up ceremony of the Retreat, which started on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja and ended on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

Danbatta expressed confidence in the leadership of the Board of the Commission, noting that the support of the Board has been invaluable in the accomplishments of the Commission.

According to Danbatta, “I must commend the Board of Commissioners under the chairmanship of Prof. Adeolu Akande for their support. From the first day of assuming office as NCC Chairman, Prof. Akande has demonstrated his commitment to work with the management towards ensuring that NCC delivers its functions more efficiently and effectively.”

Danbatta stated that, as an effective, efficient and independent regulatory agency of the Federal Government, the NCC has been consistent in living up to stakeholder expectations and this is  proven by the contribution of the telecom sector to the national economy.

“Without the staunch support of the Board for the Management’s vision and mission, it would have been difficult for us to achieve our goals.

“Therefore, I commend the Board for providing the necessary policy directions required to drive management’s daily activities,” Danbatta said.

Danbatta also appreciated the effective coordination of the 2021 BMR by the retreat consultants led by Pat Utomi, in ensuring effective facilitation of proceedings, deliberations and brainstorming sessions at the Retreat.

With the theme: ‘Expect More, Deliver Result’, this year’s strategic annual retreat of the Commission’s Board and Management, was attended in-person and virtually by Board members and Senior Management Staff of the Commission.

A statement sent to KANO FOCUS by commission’s director public affairs Ikechukwu Adinde said the retreat follows the unveiling of two key documents – the Strategic Management Plan (SMP), 2020-2024, and the Strategic Vision Plan (SVP), 2021-2025.

The SVP is a streamlined version of the SMP, and the SMP took life out of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (2020-2030), the National Broadband Plan (2020-2025) and the Federation Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

The SVP, which has five central vision, also has three supporting documents, namely: implementation strategies and timelines; monitoring and evaluation framework; and implementation responsibility matrix.

The objective of the SVP is to enhance regulatory focus and efficiency in the delivery of NCC’s mandate.

Within this context, the Commission has focused this year’s retreat on taking account of remarkable successes recorded in the last one year and how the Commission hopes to innovate its way toward addressing industry challenges militating the consolidation of the growth of telecommunications sector.

At the end of the three-day Retreat, an eight-point communique was read out as a synthesis of all the deliberations for submission to NCC Board and Management to guide the regulatory activities of the Commission over the next one year.

Implementation of the communique is expected to birth a new lease of expectations and dedication towards making 2022 a more rewarding year innovation and growth for the telecom industry.

Over the years the NCC, as a world-class regulatory agency, has held annual Board and Management retreats, affording it the opportunity to rejig its culture, processes and strategic objectives for enhanced operational efficiency and regulatory excellence.

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KSACA sensitises Kannywood on combating HIV/AIDS through film

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Kano State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA), has organised a one-day sensitization seminar on Sunday, to empower Kannywood stakeholders on portraying issues on HIV/AIDS in film production.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Director General of the Agency, Sabitu Shu’aibu Shanono, tasked film makers on research before embarking on health related films.

He explained that Kannywood film makers have a key role to play in advocacy, as they have a large audience in the community.

Shanono charged them to contribute their portion to see the end of the disease, thus the need to make proper presentation of the disease.

According to him, “Gone are the days when People Living with the disease die easily as still presented in our Kannywood movies.”

He advised them to seek clarification on vital issues from the agency before embarking on films related to HIV/AIDS.

The DG however, stressed the readiness of the agency on building a cordial relationship with the industry, and providing vital information to film producers.

Also speaking, the Executive Seretary, Kano Censorship Board, smail Na’abba Afakallahu, commended the agency for the sensitisation.

He highlighted the role of film makers in sensitization on key issues especially health.

Afakallah called for collaboration between the industry and the agency, to send the right information to the populace.

In his remarks, the President, Motion Pictures Assocition of Nigeria (MOPPAN), Kabiru Maikaba, seeks for continuous support from such agencies.

He emphasised the need of enlightening Kannywood industry with the right information to feed their audience.

Maikaba pledged the support of his association, in contributing to end the disease, as they did in other areas.

A famous Hausa writer and the first female film producer, Hajiya Balaraba Ramat while speaking, recalled some controversies sorrounding marrying people living with HIV/AIDS.

“But today, we have seen a change in that trend because people with the virus have been successfully married and even have children,” she said.

She tasked the agency on continuous sensitization as the industry was always ready for corrections and education, in an entertaining manner.

Ado Ahmad, a renown Kannywood writer, highlighted some of the contributions giving by Hausa writer in creating awareness on early years of HIV/AIDS in Kano.

He said that the Hausa literature industry and Kannywood had contributed a lot to information dissemination.

KANO FOCUS reports that the event featured presentation from Abdallah Uba Adamu and Ashru Tukur Inuwa from faculty of Communication, Bayero University, Kano.

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Emir Bayero, Ganduje hail Dangote at Kano Trade Fair 

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The Dangote Industries Limited weekend buoyed its catalog of approval rating with the commendation of Kano Emir Aminu Ado Bayero.

KANO FOCUS reports that Emir Bayero, who visited the Dangote pavilion and was visibly elated by the company’s participation, had in his entourage Council members of the Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KACCIMA), as well as other traditional rulers in the state.

The Emir also commended the Kano Government, KACCIMA and other participating companies in the ongoing 42nd Kano International Trade Fair that closes on Saturday, December 11, 2021.

Emir Bayero said his accolade is timely given the challenges businesses face around the world.

According to him: “ We have visited the Trade Fair, and we are happy with development so far despite the economic situation around the world. May Allah support our effort.”

A statement from the Dangote Group said the company has slated Friday, December 10, 2021, for its Special Day.

The Emir’s visit came soon after the Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje visited the company’s pavilion and spoke glowingly of Dangote Group’s President Aliko Dangote.

The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner of Commerce and Industry Ibrahim Mukhtar said the contribution of Mr. Dangote to Kano and indeed Nigeria, in the areas of industrialization and job creation, cannot be quantified.

Speaking earlier, during a visit to the Dangote pavilion, Ugandan Envoy to Nigeria, Ambassador Nelson Ocheger, described Mr. Dangote as an ‘African jewel’ and an institution, whose indirect support to African political leaders in the areas of job creation and industrialization are impacting positively on peace and stability on the continent.

President of Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture(KACCIMA), Dalhatu Abubakar, described as apt the theme for this year’s 42nd Trade Fair, which is: Consolidating the Challenges of Covid-19 pandemic to opportunities growth and development of micro, small and medium enterprises in Nigeria.

Deputy President and Chairman of Trade Fair Committee Uba Tanko Mijinyawa said the Dangote Group has been a partner all through, even as he extolled its charity works through the Aliko Dangote Foundation(ADF).

Speaking to newsmen earlier, the Director-General of the KACCIMA Mustapha M. Aliyu commended the Dangote Group for the partnership and sponsorship of the Trade Fair.

He described the relations between the duo as mutual and supportive.

“We appreciate his efforts and support to the socio-economic growth of Africa,”  the Director-General added.

A statement from the Dangote Group said companies participating under the Dangote Industries Limited are: Dangote Cement, Dangote Sugar, NASCON, and Dangote Fertiliser.

Dangote Group urged participants who seek to do business with any of the company’s subsidiaries, to avail themselves of such opportunities through Special Desks at its pavilion.

It described Kano State as one of its biggest markets in the country, adding that it has historically been a major trade route not only in Nigeria but in Africa as a whole.

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Alleged economic sabotage: DSS arrest chairman Kano Consumer Protection Council

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The Department of State Security DSS, has arrested the Chairman of Kano State Consumer Protection Council, Idiris Bello Dambazau over allegations of economic Sabotage.

KANO FOCUS reports that a source close to the operatives, said the State Security accused Dambazau of unilateral closure of seven filling stations without following due process.

The source added that all enteritis to make Dambazau open the filling stations fall on deep ears, despite the fact that he was undertaking an illegal assignment which is beyond the power of Consumer Protection Council.

“The Security view Gen. Dambazau actions as nothing but economics Sabotage and attempt to create fuel scarcity in Kano where there was none,” the source said.

The DSS source who doesn’t want his name in print, explained that section 48 of the Nigeria constitution clearly stated that, any government ministry, department or agency exercising any power or function or taking any action which may have direct impact on midstreams or downstream petroleum operations shall consult with the authority.

This according to the section is prior to issuing any regulations, guidelines, enforcement order or directives, which the source emphasized Mr Dambazau did not followed.

The DSS explained further that even after consulting with the relevant authority, the authority shall review the recommendations of the government ministry, department or agency and communicate decisions accordingly before taking further action.

Dambazau, a retired army brigadier general was appointed chairman of the council by governor Abdullahi Ganduje few months ago.

He had earlier shut down textile shops at Kantin Kwari market for shortchanging consumers.

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