The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is the country’s independent telecommunications regulatory authority. This agency is tasked with fostering an enabling environment for healthy competition among industry operators as well as ensuring the supply of qualitative and efficient telecommunications services throughout Nigeria.
NCC Nigeria has over the years earned a reputation as the foremost telecom regulatory agency in Africa thanks to its functions as stipulated in the Nigerian Communications Acts of 2003.
NCC Nigeria Salary Structure
A federal government parastatal’s salary structure, such as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), is almost never made public. However, we know that salaries in government agencies or parastatals are set by the National Revenue Mobilization, Allocation, and Fiscal Commission (NRMAFC).
The commission earns revenue, which is deposited with NRMAFC, and in exchange, the commission receives a salary from NRMAFC in accordance with its approved salary structure.
Attempts to obtain the NCC salary structure have so far been futile. However, according to estimates, entry-level staff of the commission earns between N90,000 and N120,000 each month. This figure includes all mandatory deductions, such as a pension.
What Are the Functions of the NCC?
Below are the functions of the NCC in Nigeria:
- Facilitating investment and entry into the Nigerian market for communication services, equipment, and infrastructure.
- The protection and advocacy of customers’ interests against unfair practices, including but not limited to rates and costs, as well as the level and accessibility of communications services, devices, and infrastructures.
- Making sure that licenses use the most efficient and accurate billing system at all times.
- Fair competition in the communications industry is promoted, as is the protection of communications service and facility providers from market power abuse or anti-competitive and unfair activities by other service or facility providers or equipment suppliers.
- Giving and renewal of communications licenses, regardless of whether the licenses themselves provide for renewal in conformity with the requirements of this Act, and implementing and monitoring licensee conformity with license terms and conditions.
- Proposing and carrying out changes to license conditions in conformity with the Act’s objectives and provisions.
- Fees for the issuance of communications licenses and other control services offered by the Commission are set and collected.
- Development and monitoring of performance criteria and indicators relating to the quality of telephone as well as other communications services and infrastructure provided to Nigerian consumers in accordance with the best global evaluation criteria.
- Making and enforcing any rules required by this Act to give the provisions of this Act full force and effect.
- Supervisory oversight of frequency spectrum for the communications sector, as well as assistance to the National Frequency Management (NFM) Council in the development of a national frequency plan.
- The creation, management, and governance of a national numbering strategy and an electronic addresses plan, as well as the assignment of numbers and electronic addresses to licensees.
- Developing, adopting, publishing, and enforcing technical specifications and standards for the purchase and use of communications equipment in Nigeria, as well as connecting or linking communications tools and devices
- The development and administration of Nigeria’s contributions to the development of international performance requirements for communications services and equipment.
- Conducting authorized examinations on communications equipment, including issuing certificates in accordance with the Commission’s technical specifications and standards.
- Encourage and promote infrastructure sharing among licensees, as well as provide regulatory rules on the subject.
- Investigating and resolving complaints and concerns filed by licensed operators, customers, or any other person involved in the telecommunication sector. As well as disputes between licensed operators, subscribers, or any other key stakeholder in the communications industry. Using such dispute-resolution methods as the commission may establish from time to time, including mediation and arbitration.
- Development and execution of programs and strategies to promote and ensure the development of Nigeria’s communications industry and the provision of communications services.
- Creating, administering, and implementing a Universal Access plan and program in accordance with the Federal Government’s overall goals and objectives
- Counseling the Minister in the performance of the Minister’s tasks and responsibilities under this Act on the formation of broad policies for the communication sectors and on matters relevant to the communications industry in general.
- Implementing the government’s general communications policy, as well as carrying out all other powers and obligations delegated to the Commission by this Act or incidental or linked to them.
- Generally guiding and aiding stakeholders and professionals in the communications industry in order to advance the industry and achieve the goals of this Act and its companion legislation.
- Nigeria’s representation at international organizations and fora on issues relating to communication regulation and things ancillary and connected thereto.
- The overall responsibility for the communications industry’s economic and technical regulation.
What are the Powers of the NCC in Nigeria?
Section 3 of the Nigerian Communications Acts of 2003 gives the Nigerian Communications Commissions the following powers:
- Consultation with customers, businesses, and industries
- Giving the licensee written instructions
- Inviting people to appear before the commission
- Delegating its powers to a committee that it has formed
- Establishing and keeping subsidiaries in order to carry out its tasks
- Contracting with any organization, firm, or individual
- License condition modification or revocation
- Issuing licenses and imposing license terms and restrictions
- Approving accounting principles and a licensing cost allocation formula
- Before imposing an obligation that may be onerous on the licensee, consult with impacted licensees.
- Examination of licensees’ financial records
- Adoption of principles to guide operator interconnection agreements
- Permits for connecting client equipment are granted or revoked.
- Determination of services and new ventures eligible for a license on an ongoing basis.
Organizational Structures of NCC
NCC has twenty-one (21) departments in its organizational structure.
The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC): This is the Commission’s Chief Executive Officer and the most senior executive member of the Board of Commissioners. The two Executive Commissioners report to the office, which directly supervises eight (8) departments.
The Executive Commissioner – Technical Services (ECTS): The holder of this office directs the six (6) departments in charge of resolving technical standards, new technologies, data security, spectrum, and engineering challenges in the Nigerian telecoms industry. The agency is also in charge of the Commission’s ICT infrastructure.
The Executive Commissioner-Stakeholder Management (ECSM): The holder of this office directs the five (5) departments in charge of meeting the needs of telecommunications industry stakeholders such as vendors, service providers, and consumers.
The EVC and the two Executive Commissioners are members of the Board of Commissioners, which has oversight powers over all of the Commission’s actions. The Commission Secretariat reports directly to it, and it is in charge of the governance of the Nigerian Communications Commission.