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5G: NCC Carries out Successful Mock Auction of 3.5 GHz Spectrum

…Sets Stage for Main Auction on Monday

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has successfully carried out a mock session for the 3.5 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum auction for the deployment of the Fifth Generation (5G) network in the country.

In a statement signed by the commission’s Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, the simulated auction, which took place on Friday, December 10, 2021 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, was preparatory to the main auction scheduled to take place on Monday, December 13, 2021 at same venue.

NCC said the conduct of the simulation exercise was in line with the requirements stipulated in the Information Memorandum (IM) for 3.5 GHz spectrum auction. The IM is a document that defines the process for the licensing of the 3.5 GHz spectrum band, earlier published on the Commission’s website at the inception of the auction process.

Using the Ascending Clock Auction System for the mock session, the three qualified bidders for the 3.5 GHz spectrum, namely MTN Nigeria, Mafab Communications Ltd, and Airtel Networks Ltd, participated in the software-based simulated auction exercise.

The mock auction was witnessed by the Chairman, Board of Commissioners, NCC, Prof. Adeolu Akande; the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta; Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Ubale Maska and the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Adeleke Adewolu.

Others, who witnessed the mock auction include representatives from the bidding companies, senior management staff from relevant departments of the Commission, technical consultants, software consultants, legal consultants and other external observers.

Following the successful mock auction, the stage is set for the Commission to license two slots in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band, expected to be picked by successful bidders at the end of the Main Auction on Monday, December 13, 2021.

The auction on Monday will mark a turning point in Nigeria’s determination to harness the benefits of 5G for the nation’s socio-economic growth, as concrete roll-out of 5G commences in 2022.

In a brief remark at the Mock Auction, Danbatta said the Commission had taken all necessary steps to ensure due diligence on the credibility of the consultants and to safeguard the integrity of the software solution being used to carry out the implementation of this historic national assignment.

“This is consistent with the open, credible transparent and fair manner by which the Commission is known to have conducted previous auction processes, which have been locally and globally applauded,” Danbatta said.

In order to ensure a fail-proof process, the Commission also carried out a simulation of the manual process of the auction, aside the electronic mock. This is to ensure that bidders are also familiar with the manual auction in case of any circumstances on the Main Auction Day that may warrant a need to switch to the Manual Auction. It is pertinent to note that the two forms – electronic and manual – are clearly stated in the IM and they follow the same process.

Representatives of the bidding companies, the Commission, the consultants and other observers at the Mock Auction expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the simulation exercise, which also provided opportunity for the Commission to perfect the auction process ahead of the Main Auction.

The Commission had commenced the process for the auction of the 5G spectrum in the last quarter of the 2021 and had, since then, carried out a number of activities ahead of the Main Auction.

October 7, 2021, the Commission had published the Draft Information Memorandum (IM) on the auction of the 5G spectrum on its website (www.ncc.gov.ng) and issued a public notice in major channels, including print, electronic, and new digital media. Comments on the draft IM were received by the Commission up until October 28, 2021.

On November 3, 2021, the Commission held a stakeholders’ engagement forum in Lagos at which comments received from a broad segment of stakeholders, including the major operators, were exhaustively discussed and considered.

On November 10, 2021, the Commission published the Final IM, and Stakeholders’ comments thereon on its website and the national dailies, and set the deadline for the submission of bids on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

As a responsive regulator, the Commission also proceeded to accommodate concerns raised by some stakeholders, due to social disruptions, and extended the date for submission of the bidding applications to Wednesday, November 24, 2021 to Monday, November 29, 2021.

On December 1, 2021, the NCC announced the three companies – MTN Nigeria Limited, Mafab Communications Ltd, and Airtel Networks Ltd – as having successfully submitted their bids in line with the requirements of the IM.

The Commission therefore wishes to thank all stakeholders for all the support, collaboration and partnership they have offered to get to this stage, and implores all stakeholders not to rest on their oars until the bidding processes are concluded successfully. Thereafter, the Commission, as it has now become its culture, will rally stakeholders into the next phase of the implementation of the 5G policy.

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Lagos state will continue to Experience a Greater Lagos Rising …..Gov Sanwo.

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Crowd at APC flag off lagos

The Governor of Lagos state Mr Babajide.Sanwo olu have harped on making tge people of the state enjoy more dividend of democracy as he seek for re election into the lagos house come 2023.

Mr Sanwo assured his people more capital development as he flagged up his Rally in Lagos state on Saturday at the Onikan stadium in Lagos state .

He said that the state was able to surmount the global challenges and carried out populist projects, saying that

Sanwo-Olu said that the state is rising because of the projects and achievements that were recorded so far, adding that there are still much to be done to keep the state rising.

” You have seen what we have done across all local governments. New roads were constructed, existing ones were completed. New fire stations were built in Ajeromi/Ifelodun, Iru/Victoria and others, the health facilities were strengthened and many more.

” It is time for us to take this campaign to the doorstep of our neighbours, and voters. Tell them what we have done and about the Greater Lagos Rising. Let us all go out to talk to all our friends out there to vote for us on election day.

” We appreciate your love, support and solidarity for us. We urge you to vote all our candidates in the coming 2023 general elections, from presidential to the House of Assembly elections. You have always been voting the APC in Lagos. We want you to work with us and as well journey with us by giving us your mandate”, said Sanwo-Olu.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), Prince Tajudeen Olusi, said that if Lagosians want to continue to enjoy a better Lagos, they should re-elect Sanwo-Olu.

Olusi said that over 160 new roads were constructed under the Sanwo-Olu administration and that more of that can only be done if the governor is re-elected.

He, however, urged the people to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and vote for the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying that Lagos had never presented presidential candidate since 1999.

Also, a member of the GAC, Cardinal James Odunmbaku, said that the 2023 presidential election would be a payback time for Tinubu for his contribution to the development of democracy in Nigeria, saying that the party is targeting 5million votes in Lagos.

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APC Rally : we are showing our loyalty to Tinubu and sanwo olu …monarch declared

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..vowed to canvass en mass

The Monarch of Iba kingdom in Ojo local government in lagos state , Oba Sulaimon Raji , Oniba Ekun have called all resident of ojo and lagos state to rally around the APC Presidential candidates Bola Ahmed Tinubu ,shettima,Governor Sanwo olu , Adebule and all candidates in the state in the coming 2023 Election .

Oba Raji , chairman of the Lagos Monitoring Park Authority (LASMPA) ,a break out of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (Rtean )made the appealed to the Electorate at a walk Rally organized by the group on Wednesday at iyana iba, lagos, according to Oba Raji
“We have called out our people today to walk with their king and support our candidates ,in APC , Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu have done so well for our people in Iba kingdom, so also our amiable Governor Babajide Sanwo olu , so we are using this walk to rededicate our stand for him , that the people of Aworiland are strongly with him” , Oba Raji said .

Oba Jafo as popularly called ,also held a carnival show to sensitized the people on why they should vote for APC in all the political office , he urged all traders motorist , and commuter to get their PVC set as 2023 ,Elections will be berthing on the PVC . The chairman of lagos state APC , pastor cornilius Ojelabi and the DG of lagos state Campaign committee senator Ganiyu Solomon was Represented by the Deputy DG ,Mr Fuad Oki , while candidates for Lagos state house of Assembly were also in the walk .

Highlights of the rally was a mega musical show featuring Fuji musician Pasuma , and his counterpart Malika ,and other artist .

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Tinubu urged Youth to collect their PVC and vote for progressive

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As Sanwo-Olu, descrined him to Progressive Governors: ‘He’s country best choice for president’

The Lagos state hosted the first All Progressives Congress (APC) convention after the party was formed in 2014 – became a beehive of political carnival on Saturday.

A mammoth crowd thronged the main bowl of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, as the ruling party returned to the city for its inaugural 2023 presidential rally in the Southwest region.

Clad in various shades of APC-branded vests, caps and Ankara brocade, a mass of the party’s supporters, who filled the 24,000-capacity stadium to the brim, defied the searing heat from the sun to receive the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his running mate, Sen. Kashim Shettima, members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) team.

At 12:45, Tinubu’s motorcade made a grand entry into the venue, moving the crowd into a spontaneous excitement. The APC presidential candidate arrived in company of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, and members of Progressive Governors’ Forum led by their chairman, Gov. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State.

The huge turnout at the rally again confirmed Tinubu’s popularity at his political base. The APC presidential candidate hails from Lagos and was a two-term Governor of the State.

Sanwo-Olu opened the floor with his short remarks, thanking Tinubu for laying the foundation for the physical and socio-economic growth being witnessed in Lagos since 1999.

The Governor, who described the APC presidential standard bearer as “architect of modern Lagos”, said Tinubu’s vision, character and tenacity stood him out among presidential contenders, urging Lagosians to elect the candidate with unprecedented number of votes at the polls.

Sanwo-Olu said: “Tinubu is the builder of the modern Lagos we are all enjoying today. For implementing his vision through character and tenacity, and pushing his ideas to what we can physically see, our candidate is the best choice.

Meanwhile., the chairman of Arewa communities APC lagos state have described asiwaju bola Ahmed as a saviour to Nigerians . Engr saadu Yusuf Gulma while adddressing journalist at the rally called on all Arewa in south west and Lagos state to look beyond all odd and sugggested that Arewa commmunities are set to deliver votes en mass to both the incoming President senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate kashim Shettima also the Governors of south west , including Mr Babajide Sanwo olu .

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