The Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, is urging the Chief Executive of the parastatals, and Directors under the Ministry to significantly improve the level of performance to reflect the next level Paradigm of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He made the disclosure during his extensive meetings with the various CEOs, which took place over a period of 1 week at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja. The Minister assured the CEOs of the Federal Government’s support as they discharge their duties and reminded them of his commitment to sanction any parastatal that fails to step up its performance.
He charged the Chief Executive Officer of Galaxy Backbone to improve the reach and coverage of its services in the public sector, and significantly improve the quality of services provided.
“The Nigerian Communications Commission should bring to an end the issue of sales of pre-registered, unregistered and partially-registered SIM cards, especially as this can help in reducing numerous security challenges the nation faces.
“It will also stem the tide of illegal deduction of the data of subscribers and work towards the downward review of the cost of data; and ensure compliance with the maximum 2% Call Drop Rate directive to telecom operators”.
He further called on the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited to significantly improve its level of visibility across the country, and ensure great improvement in the quality of its services.
He charged the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) to ensure an appreciable improvement in the efficiency of its letter and parcel delivery service,and increase the effective area of its coverage in the country.
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) need to have a greater level of focus on increasing local content development and patronage in the hardware and software sub-sectors.
“It will strengthen the execution of its IT project clearance mandate to capture more projects by the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and ensure the promotion and adoption of the Nigeria e-Government Interoperability Framework (Ne-GIF) by the MDAs.”
Pantami informed the CEOs that their performance would be assessed on a monthly basis.
He asked them to be passionate, hardworking and ensure that they exhibit high level of integrity in the discharge of their duties. He urged them to follow due process in their activities as championed by the President and also directed them to communicate these values and targets to the team members.
The Honorable Minister encouraged synergy, unity and the forging of a harmonious inter-Agency relationship among the parastatals. He also assured them of his total commitment to ensuring that no obstacle stands in the way of the successful execution of their mandates.