By Emmanuel Adeleke
The Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, will be conferred with the esteemed National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award.
Danbatta is among other notable Nigerians nominated for the award.
The NPOM award is a prestigious recognition that celebrates individuals, who have made significant contributions to productivity, innovation and national development.
A statement issued by NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Dr Reuben Muoka, said the award was given to the NCC vice chairman due to his exceptional achievements and significant contributions to the development and advancement of the Nigerian telecommunications industry.
“Danbatta’s recognition highlights his outstanding contributions to the NCC and the telecommunications sector as a whole.
“During his tenure at the NCC, Danbatta has spearheaded several initiatives that have revolutionised the telecommunications landscape in Nigeria. His visionary leadership and strategic decisions have led to remarkable achievements and noteworthy milestones for the industry.
“Some of the key accomplishments attributed to Danbatta’s tenure include the promotion of broadband penetration, consumer empowerment and protection, sustainable industry growth, digital inclusion and innovation among others.
“Under the promotion of broadband penetration, Danbatta’s relentless efforts to enhance broadband connectivity across Nigeria have resulted in substantial improvements in internet access and affordability. This has played a pivotal role in bridging the digital divide and fostering economic growth.
“In the area of consumer empowerment and protection, Danbatta has prioritised the interests and rights of telecoms consumers, implementing consumer-centric policies and initiatives. Notably, the NCC’s toll-free line for consumer complaints, introduced under his leadership, has provided an accessible platform for addressing consumer grievances and ensuring their protection.
“With respect to sustainable industry growth, under Danbatta’s guidance, the telecommunications sector has witnessed significant investments and healthy competition. His strategic leadership has fueled innovation, resulting in sustainable industry growth and a positive impact on Nigeria’s economy.
“Also, recognising the transformative power of digital technology, Danbatta has championed programmes to promote digital inclusion and empower marginalised communities in his efforts to deepen digital inclusion and innovation. Initiatives such as the NCC’s Digital Nigeria Centre (DNC), formerly known as the School Knowledge Centers (SKCs) and Emergency Communication Centers (ECCs) have improved access to digital resources and enhanced emergency response capabilities across the nation.
“The conferment of the 2023 NPOM award on Danbatta serves as a testament to his remarkable achievements and exceptional leadership within the NCC. His contributions have not only positioned Nigeria as a key player in the global digital landscape but have also positively impacted the lives of millions of Nigerians.
“Danbatta’s well-deserved recognition further solidifies his reputation as a transformative leader and industry trailblazer.
“The entire telecommunications industry and the nation at large celebrate Danbatta’s achievements and extend their heartfelt congratulations on the conferment of the 2023 NPOM award. His exemplary leadership and contributions serve as an inspiration to future generations and reaffirm Nigeria’s commitment to technological progress and national productivity,” the statement said.