Wednesday, 28 November 2012

NCC Commissioner, Gwandu Fired By FG

The Federal Government has sacked the Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, NCC, Dr. Bashir Gwandu. This is as a result of heated controversies over frequency spectrum at the Nigerian Communications Commission.

According to a statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, the sacking was for gross insubordination and the sacking is effective from November 9 2012. A source at NCC confirmed that Gwandu was sacked for gross insubordination to the NCC Board, particularly the Executive Vice-Chairman, Dr. Eugene Juwah.

Sometime back the sacked commissioner had raised allegations that corruption and illegality were being committed at the NCC with respect to the sale of frequency spectrum. He alleged that the NCC under the leadership of Juwah, had sold the frequency band 450MHz which is valued at over $50m and occupied by the Nigeria Police since 2009 to a private company, Open Skys Limited, at a price less than $6m without any competitive bidding process as provided by the NCC Act, 2003.

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