The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has written to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami (SAN) over remittance into NCC account in the sum of N80billion so far paid by MTN Nigeria.
The NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman Prof Umar Garba Danbatta disclosed this yesterday in Abuja during a question and answer session after a Press conference on his One Year in office as NCC EVC.
“We have written a letter to the AGF and Minister of Justice to remit the N80billion so far paid, out of N330bn total fine, by MTN into the NCC’s account domiciled at the CBN for onward transmission to Consolidated Revenue Account of the Federal Government”, he said.
While speaking on spectrum and broadband penetration, the NCC boss, who was flanked by five directors and an executive commissioner, said more than N47bn was realised in spectrum usage and licensing in the last one year.
“Through efficient monitoring and value-driven usage of spectrum for provision of different types of service, revenue generation for the Federal Government through frequency allocation and renewal fees have improved from the previous years. More than N47billion was realized in spectrum usage and licensing within the period under review”, he revealed.
The broadband penetration in the country is 20.95 % and 47.44 % internet penetration, making Nigeria second in terms of internet penetration in Africa—second only to South Africa.
According to him, NCC has initiated processes for licensing of more broadband services on the 5.4GHz spectrum band and also opened the process for the allocation of frequencies in the 70/80GHz band.
On quality of service, he said a high level task force on QOS had been set up to identify all the issues militating against quality of service in the networks.
On the pre-registered SIM cards in the markets, the commission executive commissioner, technical services, Engr Uba Maska said NCC was working to stop the activities of dealers who pre-registered SIM cards. He solicited for the cooperation and assistance of the media towards exposing those perpetrating.