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Nigeria:Lawmakers intervene in NCC leadership crisis

The leadership crisis in the Nigeria Communications Commission has attracted the attention of the House Committee on Communications, with its chairman, Dave Salako saying is not healthy for the commission.

The commission has been enmeshed in a succession crisis since the exit of its pioneer Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ernest Ndukwe a few months ago.

Stephen Bello was initially appointed as the acting Executive Vice Chairman, however, another top officer of the commission Bashir Gwandu has also been named as acting in the same capacity.

Mr Salako said that the intervention of the committee was geared towards ending the confusion over who was in charge of the regulatory agency of the telecommunications industry in Nigeria.

According to him, the letters, which are in form of petitions to Mr Jonathan and Mrs Akunyili became necessary after the two persons claiming to be the occupants of the same position attended a meeting convened recently by the committee at the National Asse mbly complex.

In the meantime, the committee, in conjunction with the NCC and telecom operators, has resolved to ban lottery promos involving operators and mobile phone subscribers till further notice.

Consequently, all the mobile phone operators in the country are prohibited from embarking on any business not covered by the licence issued to them by the Nigeria Communications Commission.

The decision was taken after the meeting the committee had with other stakeholders in the communication industry over the weekend. Operators represented at the meeting are Globacom, MTN, Etisalat, Zain and Visafone.

The meeting also resolved to ban all the mobile phone operators from transmitting spam short message service (SMS) at odd hours to subscribers on their network, especially when such messages deal with false promises of winnings non-existent lottery games.

The meeting also agreed that messages should not be made in a manner to defraud Nigerians while the NCC should be prepared to sit up in the execution of its duties by sanctioning erring operators