Mr. Gbenga Adebayo, The Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), has commended the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, for his commitment to quality regulation, attributing the success of the telecom industry in the country to the regulatory environment it enjoys.
He described Danbatta as an excellent administrator, highlighting his instrumental role in the growth and development of the industry.
At a meeting with mobile network operators on the implementation of the Expanded Revenue Assurance Solution (ERAS) in the telecommunications industry, held at the NCC’s office in Lagos, the ALTON Boss expressed his pride in Danbatta’s remarkable administrative skills, challenging the notion that engineers are not good administrators.
Danbatta while addressing the audience, shared details of the implementation of the ERAS project. He emphasised the collaboration between the NCC and the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC), saying the ERAS project is being carried out through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, following the DFDDOT model (Design, Finance, Develop, Deploy, Operate, and Transfer), as recommended by the ICRC.
However, He also underscored the project’s alignment with the Federal Government’s directive to enhance revenue collection and prevent leakages within Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
Danbatta said the NCC aims to optimise the revenue payable by licensed telecommunications service providers, thereby bolstering revenue generation for the government by deploying the Revenue Assurance Solution.
Initially designed to focus on telecom operators, who have not only become major industry players but have also expanded their services into the digital services ecosystem, the ERAS project underwent a significant expansion.
Following a presidential approval in June 2022, the NCC was directed to broaden the scope of the project to encompass the activities of Digital Economy stakeholders. Consequently, the project was renamed the Expanded Revenue Assurance Solution (ERAS).
Danbatta acknowledged the efforts of the NCC in transforming the dream of the ERAS project, conceived in 2007, into a reality.