By Emmanuel Adeleke
The Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies (MINILS) has conferred the award of Fellowship of the Nigeria Institute of Labour (NIL) on the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, for empowering national workforce.
Speaking at the event marking the 40th anniversary of the institute, the Director-General, Isa Aremu, said the EVC was being recognised for his exemplary contributions and that of his team to the betterment of the commission and national workforce.
MINILS DG, commended the NCC for promoting the deployment of telecommunications services to improve productivity and efficiency across different sectors of the economy.
“We have witnessed the amazing transformation in terms of broadband penetration, internet subscribers and many other achievements recorded under the leadership of Danbatta as the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC and how the telecoms sector, regulated by the commission he leads, have improved national productivity,” Aremu said.
Aremu stressed that the EVC has played a pivotal role in transforming and advancing the nation’s digital space and acknowledged that Danbatta’s commitment to bridging the digital divide and creating employment opportunities in the telecommunications sector has earned him accolades nationwide.
In his remarks , Danbatta, who was represented by the Director, Human Capital and Administration of the Commission, Usman Malah, underscored the significance of collectively supporting initiatives that enhance the well-being of Nigerian workers through increased access to affordable telecoms services.
He stated that only through a digitally skilled and informed workforce can Nigeria fast-track national productivity and development, alongside other initiatives being put in place by the Federal Government.
Danbatta said the commission would ensure affordable and ubiquitous telecoms services to improve Nigerian workers’ daily activities.
While expressing gratitude for the recognition, Danbatta assured of his continued support to empowering NCC staff in improving skills, education and sundry capacity-building activities as well as stimulating the deployment of robust broadband infrastructure for bolstering job creation for Nigerians and improving national productivity.
Alongside Danbatta, the Director, Human Capital and Administration of the Commission, Usman Malah, who is driving the effectiveness of the workforce at NCC was also honoured with a fellowship.
The anniversary, which featured conferment of Fellowship of the NIL on other Chief Executives and Heads of Human Resources divisions of some government agencies alongside the NCC management executives, not only celebrated the events of the past, but also set the stage for a brighter future, showcasing the importance of fair labour practices, knowledge and continued collaboration between various government agencies.
Aside from the new Fellowship of NIL, Danbatta is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers; the Renewable and Alternative Energy Society; the Nigerian Academy of Engineering and the Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.