The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami says the new Strategic Management Plan (SMP) 2020-2024 of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will be a catalyst for the implementation of the Federal Government’s Digital Economy.
Dr. Pantami revealed this during the virtual launch of NCC’s 5-Year Strategy on Tuesday, accompanied by stakeholders in the Nigerian Telecoms sector, the NCC and sister parastatals of the Ministry.
The SMP 2020-2024 is the visionary document of the NCC, guiding it for the monitoring, planning, analyzing, and assessment of the Commission to reach its goals and set objectives.
The Plan is made up of five success factors identified for the implementation strategy which are: effective communication, human resource capacity, ownership and commitment, development of and adherence to a strategy development manual; and implementation discipline.
The Minister says launching the SMP shows the commission’s seriousness in improving performance matrix and its efforts in accelerating the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) and the Federal Government’s National Broadband Strategy of 2020-2025.
“I feel very excited for the fact that there is a serious improvement in the performance of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). The launch of this SMP 2020 – 2024 is a clear indication of that. When a parastatal is performing, it will create an innovative idea on how to be more successful. When a parastatal is not performing, you will not hear anything on how to implement policies and come up with different strategies and plans,” he said.
The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta says the Federal Government’s diversification focus is banking on a robust Digital Economy which will drive employment generation and encourage innovation.
“This was prime in our minds during the formulation of the SMP. We have invested great time and effort in ensuring that this document is pragmatic, and I am very confident and excited in its completeness to successfully guide the Commission in achieving the set objectives. We are committed to the implementation of this SMP,” Prof Danbatta said.
Dr. Pantami urged the commission to double its previous successes by aiming for new highs with the implementation of the SMP 2020-2024.
“The NCC must ensure effective implementation of the SMP,” Pantami added.
The face of the New SMP is captured under the acronym “ ASPIRE 2024 ’’, broken down as:
A: Advancement through
Financial Autonomy: Governors, State Speakers reach agreement
The Governor also said that the final document of the agreement should be ready for implementation by May 2021.
The Governors’ Forum, Conference of Speakers of State Legislature and other governance stakeholders announced that they reached a resolution over the implementation of financial autonomy for State Legislature and Judiciary.
This was disclosed by the Ekiti State Governor and Chairman Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Kayode Fayemi, after the meeting, which was held in Abuja on Monday, and presided by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.
What the Governor said
“We are here for legislative and judicial autonomy and Governors; Speakers of State Assemblies and the Judges of the States are on the same page as far as this issue is concerned,” he said.
We just emerged from a meeting with the Solicitor General of the Federation, the representatives of the judiciary and those of the Conference of Speakers and we are all in force; an agreement has been reached.
The issue is about implementation. There has been no objection from governors on judicial and legislative autonomy.
As a matter of fact, it would not have passed if governors were not in support in the first instance. So, that issue has been fully and holistically addressed,” Fayemi said.
The Governor also said that the final document of the agreement should be ready for implementation by May 2021 and urged striking workers to return to offices “because as far as this has gone, we have met with all the parties concerned and the President, through his Chief of Staff, has been monitoring what has been happening.”
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Nairametrics reported earlier this month that members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) went on strike with the closure of Federal High Courts in different states across the nation. The union said the purpose of the strike was to draw attention to the financial autonomy of Nigeria’s Judiciary.
Finance Minister tasks FG and state governments to control spending
The Minister also denied claims that the FG printed N60 billion as top-up for March FAAC numbers.
The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has called on Governments on all levels in Nigeria to control spending amid decreasing revenues and urged for prudent government spending. The Minister also denied claims that the Federal Government printed N60 billion as top-up for March FAAC numbers.
The Minister disclosed this in an interview on Monday and warned that the FG was not generating enough revenue to align with its spending habit.
Zainab Ahmed added that the FG would maintain its stance from January 2021 to end total fuel subsidies in Nigeria, and confirmed talks with organised labour on subsidy removal.
“As a nation, the Federal, State and Local governments must review expenditure patterns. We are spending too much and we are not generating enough,” she said.
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