Strategic collaboration and partnership, a central component of the 8-Point Agenda of the Management of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), got a fillip recently when officials of Ibadan Zonal Office of the Commission paid a courtesy visit on the Governor of Ondo State, His Excellency, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN.
Yomi Arowosafe, Controller of NCC Ibadan Zonal Office, who led the NCC team to the Governor’s office in Akure gave the Governor a detailed narration on various activities and initiatives of the Commission and solicited the collaboration of the state government particularly on NCC’s plan to expand broadband infrastructure and improve the quality of telecoms services in Nigeria.
Arowosafe stated that collaboration is required in that regard with the State’s Ministry of Works as well as with other agencies supervising infrastructure development especially on the need to share timely information before road constructions and rehabilitations are undertaken. This is to ensure that Metropolitan Fibre Cable, and Long Distance Infrastructure licensees are able to identify and relocate their infrastructure prior to road works in order to prevent fibre cuts and damage of telecoms infrastructure which have implications for quality of telecoms services.
Arowosafe also sought deeper partnership with the State Government on the Emergency Communication Centre (ECC) project being constructed by the NCC in all state capitals in Nigeria. The NCC Controller requested standard access road and priority electricity line to the ECC project in Akure.
Governor Akeredolu promptly obliged the requests and directed Tunji Ariyo, his Special Assistant on Infrastructure, to discuss further with Arowosafe and his team on the modalities of achieving the request.