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Sacks And Shakeups in Nigeria’s Telecom Industry

… As NCC Confirms Top Staff Reshuffling, while Globacom Downsizes on Staff Strength

In unrelated events, the telecommunication industry within the week was a beehive of both positive and negative activities. Barely two days after the launch of the Strategic Management Plan (SMP 2020-2024) by the nation’s regulatory body, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Commission announced the deployment of four key Directors in its management.

The NCC, on Tuesday, launched the SMP which is to serve as the operations manual for the Commission towards actualising the digital economy agenda of the Federal Government in the next five years, will further augment its effective management and regulation of the telecommunications sector.

This was quickly followed by the reorganization of its management through the redeployment of four of its directors. The affected directors are: Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Department, Mr. Efosa Idehen who now resumes as Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau; while the former Director, Research and Development (R&D) Department, Mr. Ephraim Nwokonneya takes over his former position as Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement; the erstwhile Director, Public Affairs Department, Dr. Henry Nkemadu was redeployed to the R&D Department; while the Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, takes over his position in the Public Affairs Department.

Just earlier in the month, Engr. Danbatta was reappointed to continue as the EVC/CEO of the NCC for the next five years. The reappointment, coming on the recommendations of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, was accompanied with a call to accelerate the growth of the industry and further latch on the mandate to revolutionizing the nation’s telecom sector to actualize the digital economic agenda of President Buhari.

Industry watchers believe that the reassignment of offices is in line with the EVC’s determination to achieve set goals within his next five-year tenure.

Similarly, in line with reorganisations, there are indications that the nation’s Second National Carrier (SNC), Globacom has effected a downsizing of its staff strength. A source close to the telecom company said the Marketing and Corporate Communications Departments were mostly affected as eight staff were relieved of their appointment.

Confirming the report, an anonymous source within Globacom said the process is ongoing but so far the management has not yet disclosed the reason behind the action.

It is however not certain if the staff cut at Globacom was a result of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic as some industry watchers insinuate. But the source at Globacom insists that no telecom company should lay off staff based on the effect of the pandemic since the situation has actually increased their financial bottomline due to increased traffic in calls and data necessitated by the lockdown.

Most sectors have been experiencing their share of the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic with most companies either cutting on salaries or staff strength.

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