House probes NCC over telecom fund, poor network

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the Nigerian Communications Commission over how it has utilised the Universal Service Provision Fund, an allocation of 2.5 per cent of the annual turnover of the mobile telecommunication network operators as annual licence renewal fee.

At the plenary on Thursday, the House specifically resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to “investigate the failure/inability of the NCC to promote widespread availability and usage of mobile telecommunication network services throughout Nigeria, including the underserved and un-served areas.”

The panel is to report back within four weeks for further legislative action.

A member of the House, Mark Gbillah, in amending the motion, prayed the House to add an investigation of the accruals into and utilisation of the USPF by the NCC since the inception of the fund.”

The lawmakers unanimously adopted the motion as amended

Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, set up a panel to carry out the probe, which is made up of Messrs Bamidele Salam (Chairman), Jide Jimoh, Unyime Idem, Aisha Dukku, Sani Bala, Babajide Obanikoro, Abubakar Fulata and Chinedu Ogah, as well as sponsor of the motion, Sergius Ogun.

The motion of urgent public importance was titled, ‘Need to Investigate the Non-Provision of Mobile Telecommunication Network Services to the Underserved and Unserved Areas of Nigeria by the Nigerian Communications Commission Despite the Availability of Universal Service Provision Fund.’

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