Adeolu Akande has been inaugurated as chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) board by Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the country’s minister of communications and digital economy.
Akande’s inauguration comes shortly after his appointment was confirmed by the senate, despite opposition by some members.
Pantami urged Akande to “hit the ground running,” adding: “You have a huge task ahead of you. The appointment should not be seen as a privilege, but as a responsibility, and the primary interest of the board should be the primary interest of Nigeria.”
The minister also advised NCC board members not to interfere with the management of the commission, noting that it is the management’s responsibility to run the NCC’s day-to-day affairs. “There should not be conflict; we should maintain our demarcations,” he added.
Akande said: “The board will achieve the objectives and its mandate. NCC has a huge role to play, majorly in the security of the country. I give you the commitment we will work in harmony.”
The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Adeolu Akande as the new Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) chairman.
This comes shortly after the former chairman, Olabiyi Durojaiye was eased out of office without being alowed to tender his resignation.
Some members of Senate opposed the appointment, pointing out that Durojaiye was only allowed to serve three years of his five -year tenure.
In response, Senate president Ahmad Lawan said: “The Senate did not initiate the nomination. The Senate received the nomination from Mr President. The initial nomination of the former chairman was only brought to the Senate to be confirmed at that time.
“So, the issue of whether to have the opportunity to resign is entirely not in the hands of the Senate. However, I really sympathise with the situation, but I want to remind you that the prerogative of nominations rests with Mr President.”