Nnachi appointed new boss of NCC

There are indications that the Presidency may have settled for Onuoha Nnachi, an Ebonyi-State born information technologist and information systems management specialist, to fill the vacancy created at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) by the retirement of Ernest Ndukwe.

A Presidency source said in Abuja weekend that Mr. Nnachi’s name is expected to be submitted to the Senate, anytime this week, for screening and confirmation.

According to the source, President Goodluck Jonathan has already received recommendation of relevant groups and interests in the telecommunications sector, endorsing Nnachi for the top job.

“The issue of who becomes the EVC at NCC is already sorted out. As I am talking to you now, we are only awaiting the President’s assent to forward the letter to the Senate for screening and confirmation,” he said.

Asked about Nnachi’s background, the source said that the new EVC-in-waiting is well known within the industry as a practitioner and policy maker.

“He is well known in the industry as an operator and policy maker. He has been around and worked closely with the Information and communications minister as technical adviser on communications. And I think bringing him in to implement those policies he helped draft will be good for the industry. I am sure Nigerians will like the choice,” he stated.

His choice, was to help stabilize the NCC and end the era of fictionalization which had impacted negatively on the progress of the organisation.

NCC, had since Ndukwe’s retirement been polarized among factions battling for supremacy and recognition despite the agitation of the Southeast zone to have one of theirs appointed to the office in keeping with the federal character policy on replacing an out-gone chief executive of a federal government parastatal with another from the same geopolitical zone.

Nnachi hails from Edda in Afikpo-South local government area of Ebonyi state but trained in the United States of America (USA). He holds a double bachelors degree in computer science and information systems with a master’s degree in telecommunications management.

He is also a certified professional in project management with years of experience in policy formulation. He is also a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Communication Society; IEEE Circuit and Systems Society and IEEE Microwave Theory Techniques Society.

According to a brief on him found online, Nnachi, prior to serving the country as technical adviser on communications to the minister, “held many top management positions both in Nigeria and United State of America. He served as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of both TTL Telecommunications Limited (Nigeria) and Voix Networks (Nigeria) Limited, two private telecommunications companies that serves almost all the major operators within Nigeria as PTO’s and providing Value-Added-Services (VAS).”

It would be recalled that recently, professionals from the southeast geopolitical zone had mounted a strong campaign against the agitation of some northern interest, angling for the office.

The southeast professionals, had in their opposition, argued that the federal government had maintained a tradition of replacing an out-gone chief executive with another from the same geopolitical zone adding that the case of NCC ought not to be different.

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