Following the appointment of Dr Aminu Maida as the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission on Wednesday by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Nigerian Newssphere unveiled three key things you need to know about the apex telecoms regulators’ boss.
Maida, who takes over from Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, who was EVC NCC from 2015 to 2023, is no doubt continuing the giant strides in the Commission.
Here is all you need to know about the new Boss of NCC:
Maida was born in September 1979 to a renowned media Editor from Katsina state, the late Mallam Wada Maida.
Dr. Maida holds an MEng in Information Systems Engineering from Imperial College, London, in 2002, and 2006, he bagged a PhD in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Bath, United Kingdom.
Between 2018 and 2019, Maida completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship (FinTech Pathway) program at the Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Until his latest appointment by the President, Dr. Maida was the Executive Director of technology and operations at Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS), the country’s central switch company owned by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and all licensed Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) in Nigeria.
At NIBSS, Dr. Maida was responsible for holistically spearheading the technical and operational standardization of all devices deployed in the financial system in Nigeria for interoperability. Maida led a dynamic team that ensured that all
terminals used in the e-payment industry and all devices deployed in Nigeria would accept all cards issued by banks and other licensed card schemes without discrimination.
Before his appointment at NIBSS, Maida was the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) at the Nigerian-based FinTech Arca Payments Network and Senior Manager at Cisco Systems, United Kingdom.
As a seasoned technical professional with over 15 years of multi-functional and international experience in FinTech & Telecoms & amp; Enterprise Technology, Maida between 2010 and 2014, worked as a Network Design Consultant at EE, part of
BT Group is one of the largest mobile communications companies in the UK.
At some point (2006-2010), he was also a System Engineer at Ubiquisys, a leading company in intelligent 3G and LTE small cells, which is now part of Cisco.
Dr. Maida, a professional par excellence with a broad range of experience, making him technically strong and commercially aware, is married with children.