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In a bid to execute the Revenue Assurance Solutions (RAS) aimed at enhancing and managing the integrity of the revenue generation process in the Nigerian Telecom Industry, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has finally signed a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement with its consultant, 3R Company Nigeria Limited.

The signing ceremony of the agreement, which took place at the Commission’s headquarters, in Abuja, on Friday, June 17, 2022, was attended by 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 scope of the project.

While the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, signed the agreement on behalf of the Commission, the Managing Director of 3R Nigeria Limited, Mr. Raymond Wodi, signed on behalf of his company. .

Speaking at the event, 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 the resources available of the government are diminishing 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,” Danbatta said.

The EVC commended the ICRC for the guidance provided in the process of realizing the partnership, and also commended the Project Implementation Team (PDT), made up of Commission staff, who worked tirelessly to ensure that the project was completed successfully 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 commentary, Raymond Wodi of 3R Company Nigeria Limited, thanked the Commission 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 telecommunications licensees.

Wodi also assured stakeholders that 3R is 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.

He said that with the ICRC in the picture, he would offer the necessary support for the process to ensure that the objectives of the project are achieved for the good of all parties involved.

“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” , Dada- said Hamed.

Meanwhile, the EVC commended the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami for his role in presenting the NCC RAS ​​Project at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting where final approval has been given for the implementation of the solution. .

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, the accumulated AOL payable to the 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.

Previously, the Commission had engaged and fully sensitized MNOs, licensees within the telecom VAS chain, Commission officials and other industry stakeholders on the Commission’s plan to deploy RAS which will instill greater transparency and accuracy in the administration of AOL in the sector as provided for in the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003.

Digital Times Nigeria recalls that the NCC’s drive to deploy the most suitable RAS in the Nigerian telecommunications industry began in 2015 when the Commission issued a call for tenders, for entities that would like to offer RAS services.

The 3R Company Nigeria Ltd. emerged as the preferred bidder and the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) offered “no objection” to the process and its outcome.

Due to the scope of the project, it was felt that the objective would be best achieved through a PPP arrangement. This understanding explains the invitation sent to the ICRC to guide the process, as required by its regulations.

As a result, the Nigerian Communications Commission set up a project delivery team, which worked with a consortium of legal advisers, financial modellers and PPP experts under the leadership of the ICRC, which ensured that the appropriate steps required are followed in accordance with the ICRC Rules 2005. .

Part of the process was to perform due diligence on the preferred partner, who received a clean bill of health from the Office of the National Security Advisor (ONSA).

The Commission has also submitted the software and hardware components of the proposed RAS for certification by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

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