By Adedapo Adesanya
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has signed a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) agreement with a consultant, 3R Company Nigeria Limited, for the execution of Revenue Assurance Solutions (RAS) to boost the generation process revenue in the telecommunications industry.
According to a statement, the signing ceremony of the agreement took place at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Friday, June 17, 2022, in the presence of representatives of the Infrastructure Concessions and Regulation Commission (ICRC).
The ICRC guided the implementation process of the partnership to materialize the decision to acquire the solution under a PPP due to the scale of the project.
The Executive Vice President and Managing Director of NCC, Mr. Umar Garba Danbatta signed the agreement on behalf of NCC while the Managing Director of 3R Company Nigeria Limited, Mr. Raymond Wodi signed on behalf of his organization.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Danbatta said the NCC’s decision to opt for RAS was intended to bolster the federal government’s efforts to increase revenue generation, especially at a time when resources to the disposition of the government diminished day by day.
EVC stated that the deployment of RAS would improve oversight and regulatory activities regarding the administration of the Annual Operating Charge (AOL) in the telecommunications industry and provide higher levels of integrity and fidelity. to AOL figures obtainable in the industry.
“We believe that if we could deploy RAS and ensure that we have a true picture of what mobile network operators (MNOs) are expected to pay through AOL, we would have achieved a significant milestone in the area of data generation. revenue for the Commission as well as the government,” Mr. Danbatta said.
The EVC commended the ICRC for the guidance provided in the process of delivering the partnership and also commended the Project Implementation Team (PDT) comprised of commission staff, who worked tirelessly to ensure that the project materializes and for all their efforts.
He urged 3R Company Nigeria Limited to ensure effective deployment and implementation of the project within its scope, objective and government expectations.
In his comment, Mr. Wodi thanked the NCC for the opportunity given to the company to serve industry and government through the deployment of 3R’s technology solution to ensure more efficient revenue generation from licensees. telecommunications company, assuring stakeholders that his company was ready to meet and exceed mission expectations.
The ICRC’s Director of Internal Audit, Mr. Togunde Dada-Hammed, who represented the ICRC’s Director General, Mr. Michael Ohiani, congratulated the CNC for the bold decision to deploy the RAS.
“Anyone who knows the trends in the world, especially in Nigeria with regards to the revenue challenge the country is facing, will know that deploying the RAS solution is the right way forward as demonstrated by the NCC” , said Mr. Dada. -Hammed said.
The RAS Project is designed to be connected to licensed telecom carrier systems and will have the ability to capture and report real-time carrier billing activity to calculate and insure with a margin of minimal or no error, AOL accruals payable to NCC by licensees.
Once deployed, the NCC RAS will bring many solutions to the industry, including more effective and improved oversight and regulation of Commission-licensed telecommunications operators.