Forensic audit ongoing on data price deflation – NCC Boss
By Na'ankwat Dariem
The Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Danbatta has revealed the ongoing forensic audit on data price deflation in the country.
Professor Danbatta disclosed this at an award presentation made to him as Man of the Year by MoneyReport Magazine in Abuja, Nigeria.
He said that the commission is investigating on why consumers were experiencing data deflation and the possibility of compensating them for wrong deductions, which may arise from SMS.
“We have instituted and we have insisted despite the fall in data price, that forensic audit must go on and must be concluded and that communications will be submitted to the CEO, so that we can see what actions we can take to write any wrongs that will be made known to Nigerians.”
On the issue of compensation, the NCC boss noted that “we have compelled Mobile Network Operators to do another audit to compensate consumers for wrong deductions arising from SMS”
“Airtel as I’m talking to you is compensating consumers. We should await the outcome of the forensic audit. The intention is to get to the bottom of why data is being deflated if indeed this is true,” Professor Danbatta said.
The NCC Boss thanked members of the MoneyReport Magazine for the award presentation, describing it as humbling to the Commission.
He dedicated the award to members of staff of the commission and said that the recognition would further encourage the commission to do more by doubling its efforts in discharging its duties.
Transformation of the industry
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board, MoneyReport Magazine, Professor Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke, explained that the medium made an exhaustive examinations, probe and investigation of the activities of the NCC, before a decision was made to present the award to Danbatta.
Okereke-Onyiuke, who was represented by Dr. Eke Agbai, showered encomium on Danbantta noting that the EVC had transformed the industry not only with contemporary times but putting Nigeria on the map.
“You set out to not only digitalise the concept but to realise that there is no way a nation will be able to meet those challenges if there is no investment in this regard. There are three things that define your success story, which are vision, character and capacity.”
He added that “the magazined looked at your character, looked at your vision, looked at your capacity but more especially, the vision that you set in 2015 and came to the conclusion that no other person was qualified to be made man of the year of the magazine” he said.