NCC vows to ensure payment of fines by service providers

Nigerian Communications Commission on Wednesday said it would not change its mind about fines imposed on service providers for poor quality of operations.
Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, NCC Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo, said none of the firms had paid as at the expiration of the May 25 deadline issued by the commission.
Ojobo said this at a news conference in Abuja after a meeting with Chief Executive Officers’ of the service providers.
He said that the deadline given to the service providers by the commission to pay fines for poor service delivery expired on May 25 and none of them had complied till date.
The commission had earlier held a meeting with the chief executives of the firms before the press conference.
“NCC is not ready to shift ground; we are re-emphasising that we are maintaining our stand on the payment of sanctions.
“We are not reconsidering our position; we have not indicated that the default period has been waived. So, nothing is waived, neither the regional sanction nor the default period penalty at the time of payment, all of that have to be paid.
“So, we have entered the default period from May 26, so counting from 26th of May to anytime payment is made, it is N2.5 million per day of default,” Ojobo said.
He said the NCC agreed to meet with the CEOs of the service providers so as to find out if there would be any new issues that would be raised.
Ojobo said that at the meeting, the CEOs said they came to know if the commission was ready to yield ground on the sanctions.
Ojobo said the CEOs attributed the poor quality service to inadequate power supply, cable cut, multiple taxation, among others.
He said the issue of quality of service had been on in the last six years until January this year when the quality of service guideline was gazetted.
Ojobo said that in the guideline of the key performance indicators, after the deadline for the payment of the sanction, there was going to be N2.5 million penalty for each day of the default.
“We are already in a default period and it is expected that the sanctions as well as the default penalties have to be paid,” he said.