A high powered delegation from the Radio and Television Prestigious Award Nigeria (RTPWN), an organization that offers awards to radio and television broadcasters across Africa on Thursday visited the Nigeria Communications Commission in Abuja, as part of its preparations towards holding a successful awards event to recognise and celebrate deserving broadcasters in the country.
The team was received by top management of NCC led by Engineer Bako Wakil, the Director of Technical Standards and Network Integrity (TSNI), who stood in for the Executive Vice Chairman of the commssion, Prof Umar Danbatta.
In his address to the NCC team, Dr. Samuel Wilcox, Managing Director of RTPWN commended the NCC’s leadership and informed the Commission that his organisation is about to organize radio and television Awards to merited broadcasters to be decided through public polls in Nigeria using quick codes to get network subscribers opinions. He also said RTPWN had earlier organised similar awards in Ghana, Kenya and some other countries and considered it important to organise a more befitting event in Nigeria, its home base in order to honour deserving Nigerian broadcasters in the news and entertainment industry.
While responding to the visitors request shot code to be assigned to the Radio Television Prestigious Awards (RTPWN) project, Bako Wakil, affirmed that the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) Short Codes are issued only to those licensed to provide the Value Added Services.
Wakil further explained to the visitors that if the RTPWN is really in need of short code, it must obtain a VAS licence from the Commission before applying for short code. He also informed the leadership of RTPWN that short codes can be processed within a week, although a VAS license may take a bit longer because of the processes involved. He therefore advised that if RTPWN requires the short code immediately, it may wish to approach any VAS licensee for negotiation in order to use the licensee’s short code.