NCC, 3R sign PPP in order to implement Revenue Assurance Solutions

The Nigerian Communications Commission has finally signed a Public-Private Partnership Agreement (PPP), with 3R Company Nigeria Limited, its consultant, for the execution Revenue Assurance Solutions, (RAS), to strengthen and manage revenue generation processes in Nigerian telecommunications.

The agreement-signing ceremony, which took place at the Commission’s Head Office, Abuja on Friday, June 17, 2022, was witnessed by representatives of the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC).

The ICRC was involved in the implementation of the partnership to express the decision to procure Solution within a PPP framework because of the project’s scope.

While Prof. Umar Garba Datta, Executive Vice Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of NCC signed the agreement on behalf the Commission, Mr. Raymond Wodi signed on behalf the company.

Danbatta stated at the event that the NCC chose RAS because it wanted to help the Federal Government increase revenue generation in a time of shrinking resources.

According to the EVC, the deployment of RAS would improve monitoring and regulatory activities in relation to the Annual Operating Levy administration in the telecoms industry. It also conferred higher levels of integrity on the AOL figures available in the industry.

“It is our belief that if we can be able to deploy RAS and ensure we get the true picture of what the Mobile Networks Operators (MNOs) are supposed to be paying by way of AOL, we would have accomplished an important milestone in the area of revenue generation for the Commission as well as for the government,” Danbatta said.

EVC praised ICRC for their guidance during the process of forming the partnership. The EVC also thanked the Project Delivery Team (PDT), which consists of staff of the Commission. They worked tirelessly to ensure that the project was realized and for all their efforts.

He urged the 3R Company Nigeria Limited to ensure effective deployment and implementation of the project within its scope, objective and government’s expectations.

In his comment, Raymond Wodi of 3R Company Nigeria Limited, thanked the Commission for the opportunity given to the company to serve the industry and the government through deployment of 3R’s technology solution to ensure a more effective revenue generation from telecom licensees.

Wodi assured all stakeholders that 3R will meet or exceed their expectations on the assignment. Togunde Dada Hammed, Director, Internal Audit, ICRC represented Mr. Michael Ohiani. He praised the NCC’s bold decision to deploy RAS.

He declared that with ICRC in the picture, it would offer required support for the process in order to ensure that the project’s objectives are realised for the betterment of all the parties involved.

“Anybody that is familiar with the trends around the world, especially in Nigeria with respect to revenue challenge that the country is facing, will know that the deployment of RAS solution is the right way to go, as demonstrated by the NCC,” Dada-Hammed said.

EVC has been praising Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami as he presented the NCC RAS project at the Federal Executive Council Meeting (FEC), where final approval was given for implementation of the Solution.

The RAS project is designed to be connected to the licensed telecommunications operators’ systems and will have the capability of capturing and reporting in real-time, the billing activities by the operators for the purposes of computing and assuring with minimal or no error margin, the accrued AOL payable to the NCC by the licensees.
The NCC RAS, once deployed, will offer many solutions to the industry. This includes a more effective monitoring and regulation by the Commission of licensed telecommunications operators.

Before now, the Commission had engaged and fully sensitised MNOs, licensees within the telecoms Value Added Service chain, officials of the Commission and other industry stakeholders on the Commission’s plan to deploy RAS that will instill greater transparency and increased accuracy in the administration of AOL in the sector, as enshrined in the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003.

It will be recalled that the NCC’s desire to deploy the most appropriate RAS in the Nigerian telecommunications industry began in 2015 when the Commission published an invitation to bid, for entities that may wish to offer RAS services. The 3R Company Nigeria Ltd. emerged the preferred bidder and the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), offered ‘no objection’ to the process and its outcome.

Because of the size and scope of this project, it was decided that a PPP arrangement would be more effective in achieving the objectives. This understanding explains why the invitation was sent to ICRC to help guide the process as required by its regulations.

The Nigerian Communications Commission established a Project Delivery Team. This team worked with a group of financial modelers, legal advisors and PPP experts under the guidance of ICRC. They ensured that the appropriate steps were taken in accordance with the ICRC Regulations 2005. The preferred partner was also checked for due diligence. This was done by the Office of the National Security Adviser, who gave the partner a clean bill of health.

The Commission also certified the National Information Technology Development Agency’s (NITDA) software and hardware components for the RAS.

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