NCC Boss to Address Stakeholders on IGR

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Dele Ogbodo in Abuja

The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, is billed to make presentation at a two-day retreat on enhancing Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government from across the country in Kano (today) Wednesday.

The retreat, as contained in a statement signed by Mr. Yakubu Musa, the EVC’s SA on media, is geared towards sensitising stakeholders on the funding and sourcing for revenue for the implementation of the 2016 budget.

The revenue generation brainstorming retreat, which is organised by the federal ministry of finance, is also expected to feature technical presentations from relevant ministries, departments and agencies, with a view to addressing impediments to effective non-oil revenue generation, identifying hidden revenue sources and articulating best practices for non-oil revenue profile.

Danbatta, is also expected to share with the participants, the NCC’s experience, as one of the few government’s agencies, which have made significant progress towards non-oil revenue generation.

The NCC, which recently emerged ‘African Regulator of the Year’ at African Information Technology and Telecoms Awards (AITTA) in Ghana, has remitted N70billon to the federation account in the last one year of Danbatta’s stewardship.

The statement fadded: “This, is in addition to the N 30billion paid by MTN Nigeria Communications Limited as a part payment of the N330billion fine slammed by the Commission and $ 96 million paid by the company for 5 MHz of 6 slots of 30MHz in the 2.6GHz Band.

“Under his leadership, the NCC is also the winner of the European Award for Best Practices 2016. The award ceremony, which held in Brussels, Belgium, was hosted by the European Society for Quality Research (ESQR), an affiliate of the European Union (EU).

“No fewer than 63 countries participated in the award ceremony out of which the NCC won the European Award for Best Practices 2016. The award which is the Gold category is “in recognition of its outstanding commitment, support and results in quality management strategies.”