On July 29, this year, Dr Eugene Ikemefuna Juwah, crossed the milestone forth year of his eventful leadership of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the nation’s influential regulator that regulates the multibillion naira industry in Nigeria.
Under his watch, Juwah has maintained a key focus on delivery of ubiquitous broadband that takes high-speed Internet connections to more parts of the country.
His key mantra of open access hopes to open and level access to key infrastructure by small and big players as strategies to level the playing field in the telecoms market.
The Nigerian telecoms regulatory Czar, who also doubles as the Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of NCC, has over the last four years taken a harder stance against telecoms companies over quality of service delivered to phone subscribers in the country.
Under the watch of Juwah, telecoms companies have suffered record punitive sanctions and financial losses to fines imposed by the no-business-as-usual CEO of the telecoms watchdog in what may be a style backed by Dr Peter Igoh, the grey-haired photography-loving Chairman of the NCC Board of Commissioners and other members of the team.
Based on publicly available profiles of the NCC Board Members, Technology Times brings you up closer and personal with the nine key administrators of the Nigerian telecoms industry watchdog:
Dr. Eugene Ikemefuna Juwah, CEO and EVC of NCC
State of Origin: Delta State
Date of Appointment: July 29, 2010
Dr. Eugene Ikemefuna Juwah, is the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) with over thirty years of experience in the Information Technology and Telecommunications industries, with over twenty years at the highest management levels.
[blockquote right=”pull-right”]”In 1993, Dr. Juwah was invited to join the Management of a ground breaking Mobile Telephony venture, Mobile Telecommunications Services Limited, as Director (Cellular Operations) and participated in the team that erected and tested the first privately owned mobile network in Africa. Thereafter, Dr. Juwah held top management positions at Communication Investment Limited (CIL), where he was responsible for providing the foundational technical specifications and design for the mobile operator that is today known as Globacom.” [/blockquote]
Dr. Juwah has played coordinating roles in the set up of ETACS, GSM and CDMA mobile networks in Nigeria, with hands on knowledge of the specification and construction of digital exchanges, base stations, data communications and subscriber access networks. As an experienced Network Operations Manager, Dr. Juwah has deep and profound practical knowledge of regulatory issues, pricing, billing, interconnection and network fraud control within the Nigerian environment.
Dr. Juwah, started his career as a young graduate at Shell BP Petroleum company in 1976 where he was employed as a computer systems programmer working on applications in the Commercial Information Systems section. He resigned from Shell in 1978 to pursue a Doctorate Degree Programme in the United Kingdom. Returning to Nigeria in 1981, he took up employment within the Leventis Group of Companies as Computer Systems Analyst. His flair for multidisciplinary functions led to him being promoted Sales Manager (Computer Systems) in 1984, and by 1986 he had joined the ranks of General Management as Marketing Manager. Dr. Juwah was promoted Divisional General Manager in 1988.
In 1993, Dr. Juwah was invited to join the Management of a ground breaking Mobile Telephony venture, Mobile Telecommunications Services Limited, as Director (Cellular Operations) and participated in the team that erected and tested the first privately owned mobile network in Africa. Thereafter, Dr. Juwah held top management positions at Communication Investment Limited (CIL), where he was responsible for providing the foundational technical specifications and design for the mobile operator that is today known as Globacom.
In 1999, he was again invited to join the management of MTS First Wireless Limited as Executive Director (Network & Operations), a position he held until 2005 when he resigned to start his own venture, Cititel Networks Communications Limited, a wireless infrastructure and services provision enterprise that excelled in the design of mobile cashless payment solutions for the unbanked.
Dr. Juwah was nominated Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission by His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and confirmed by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the 29th of July, 2010.
Dr. Eugene Juwah is a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers.
Who is the photography-loving farmer and Chairman of the NCC Board of Commissioners? Find out more about PETER IGOH on the next page:
Dr. Peter Igoh, Chairman of NCC Board of Commissioners
State of Origin: Benue State
Date of Appointment: August 9, 2010
Engr. Peter Egbe Igoh was nominated by his Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR) as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and was confirmed by the Senate of the Federal Government of Nigeria on July 29th, 2010.
An Electronics/Telecoms expert, Engr. Peter Igoh, studied in Moscow (Russia) where he attended the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications from 1971–1976 and obtained the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) and Master of Science (M.Sc) degrees in Electronics | Telecommunications in 1974 and 1976 respectively.
Engr. Igoh, a seasoned administrator, has over thirty years experience in public service. He began his career as a classroom teacher in September, 1977 at Government Technical Training School in Makurdi, Benue State. Two years later, he was appointed the Principal of the School where his successful efforts in turning around the fortunes of the school was attested to by a distinguished Senator many years later during his Senate screening and confirmation.
The Chairman’s thirteen year career in Benue State Civil Service saw him rising to become the Chief Inspector of Education (Technical Division), Ministry of Education Headquarters, Makurdi. Thereafter, he transferred his services to the Federal Civil Service, and in January 1990, he was appointed the pioneer Principal of the Federal Science & Technical College, Otukpo, Benue State. As a result of his sterling service, Engr. Igoh received a Ministerial Annual Merit Award (as the Best Principal of the Year, 1992).
He was promoted to the rank of Director in the Federal Civil Service in January 2004.
He has been Chairman, Ministerial Annual Merit Award Committee (Federal Ministry of Education) (April 2004 to December 2007); Chairman, Implementation Committee, Nigerian-UNESCO Special Science Education Project (Federal Ministry of Education) (August 2005 to August 2008); and also a member of the Committee that developed the curriculum for the Public Service Institute, Kubwa, FCT while serving in the office of the Head of Service of the Federation (August 2006 – May 2008).
Engr. Peter Igoh retired from public service in July, 2009.
The Chairman who is married with six children, enjoys photography and farming, and is a native of Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State.
Also on the Board is a trendy former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State who combines a pedigree in IT and yes, Web Development to boot Find out more about BIODUN CHRISTINE OLUJIMI on next page:
Also on the Board is a self-styled “effective team player” and former Deputy Governor of Enugu State who manages stakeholders for the telecoms watchdog. Find out more about OKECHUKWU ITANYI on next page:-->
Until his appointment as the Executive Commissioner (Stakeholders Management), Dr. Itanyi has successfully directed various financial, investment and property development companies including Duke Brothers Limited, Valuehouse Limited, Rockcastle Limited and Wata Resources Limited.