DOES NIGERIAN COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION HAVE ANYTHING TO HIDE?… NCC Requests 7 Days Extension To Comply With Freedom Of Information Request
As part of the commitment of Change Vigilantes Organization in ensuring the Change Revolution is embraced by government officials and parastatals, the organization recently sent a 17-question FOIR request to the Nigerian Communication Communications [NCC] to get details of the different financial transactions reportedly going on in the organization.
The National Chairman of Change Vigilantes Organization, Dr Ope Banwo, said the main reason we requested for information under the FOIR Law is to separate rumors from facts as to what is really going on in this critical government parastatal and find out exactly how the commission has been spending the money it received from its operations. According to Dr Ope Banwo “The NCC is a very strategic organization overseeing critical part of our economy and we think Nigerians deserve to know exactly how they have been spending all the money they have been collecting from organization and individuals. We also decided to file a formal request so that we can separate the fact from fiction as to what is actually happening in that organization based on petitions and requests received from members of the public who wanted the financial affairs of NCC released to the public”
The period provided by the FOIR law for NCC to respond to the FIOR Request from Change Vigilantes expired last week, but just before the organization filed a lawsuit to compel compliance under the existing FOIR laws, the NCC sent an official letter to CVO requesting additional 7 days to comply with the FOIR Request.
When contacted, the National Chairman of Change Vigilantes, Dr Ope Banwo disclosed that the CVO will sheath its sword for now and not go to court until the additional 7 days requested have expired. According to Dr Banwo, “we want to be very fair to NCC. We are not a witch-hunting organization but a public group determined to hold every arm of government and politicians accountable for their promises while giving them a fair chance to acquit themselves creditably to the public. The law allows them to request a 7 day extension and we have no problem with that. The 7 days extension will expire soon enough and we will weigh our options at the time”
Some of the questions that Change Vigilantes is seeking answers from the Nigerian Communications Commission include the following:
PARTICULARS OF REQUESTED DOCUMENTS/INFORMATION
1. Audited Annual Financial statements of the commission for each of the financial years; 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
2. Breakdown of the Funds remitted to the Universal Service Provision Fund by the NCC for each of the financial years 2010,2011,2012,2013, 2014
3. Audited Annual Financial Statements of the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) for each of the financial years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
4. Breakdown of Annual Operating Levies due from each and every one of the entities licensed by the NCC for each of the financial years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
5. Breakdown of Annual Operating Levies received from each and every one of the entities licensed by the NCC for each of the financial years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
6. Breakdown of the amounts received from each and every one of the entities licensed by NCC as fines and/or penalties during each of the financial years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
7. Breakdown of the amounts received from each and every one of the entities licensed by NCC as (a) spectrum fees, and (b) numbering fees during each of the financial years; 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
8. Breakdown of the amounts remitted to the Federation Account for each of the financial years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 (if not already disclosed in the Annual Financial Statements for each of the years).
9. Details of all contracts with a value in excess of N100, 000,000.00 and evidence of compliance with procurement guidelines.
10. Details of all contracts for lobbying and stakeholder management and evidence of compliance with procurement guidelines.
11. Schedule of all payments and disbursements made by the Commission, NCC and USPF between January 1st to 31st May 2015
12. Schedule of all Political Campaign contributions from 1st May 2014 to 31st May 2015.
13. Subventions if any received from the Federal Government of Nigeria SINCE 2010.
The Change Vigilantes Organization remains confident that NCC will do the right thing and provide the information to it as required by law. We believe the President has made it clear that he expects every organ of government and its parastatals to obey the law and has already shown that it has zero tolerance for corruption, disrespect for the rule of law by removing officers that have exhibited either of this lamentable traits.
The Change Vigilantes Organization
Our mission at CHANGE VIGILANTES is to ensure positive change in Nigeria by holding politicians and public officers executing policies of politicians, accountable for their campaign promises, and putting pressure on them to deliver on promises of good governance among others.
For full details of the Mission and Vision of CHANGE VIGILANTES ORGANIZATION and how to join the Change Vigilantes, please go to www.ChangeVigilantes.com.
Dr Ope Banwo
National Chairman, Change Vigilantes Organization