NASAL honours NCC boss, Danbatta with National Service Excellence Award

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The National Association of State Assembly Legislators
(NASAL) has honoured the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) and
Chief Executive of the Nigerian Communications Commission
(NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta with a National Service
Excellence Award for his transformational leadership in
deepening access to telecommunications services across
state constituencies of Nigeria in the last five years.
The Award is coming a few months after the President
renewed Danbatta’s mandate as the country’s chief telecoms
regulator for another term of five years.
Director-General of NASAL, Hon. Uchechukwu Chukwuma, who
led a five-member delegation to the Commission to present
the award in Abuja recently, said, “the award from NASAL not
only underscores the remarkable leadership role by Danbatta in
deepening the development and growth of the telecoms sector
at the grassroots but also demonstrates the pivotal role of the
EVC as a change agent, a catalyst for national development
and a great Nigerian patriot.”
He said in the last five years, NASAL, as the body of state
lawmakers in the country, has consistently monitored the
activities of the Danbatta-led NCC and observed notable
improvements in telecoms services across state
constituencies in Nigeria.
“Danbatta’s efforts have manifested in enhanced access to the
Internet by our people, which has given them the opportunity
to participate and ventilate their views constructively. As you
know, citizens’ participation in political activities is one of the
attributes of an ideal democracy and Prof. Danbatta has helped
to promote this ideal,” Chukwuma said.
The NASAL’s award to Danbatta is justified by the statistics
from the Commission which showed that when Danbatta came
on board five years ago, 217 access gap clusters were
identified in the country, with 40 million Nigerians excluded
from access to telecoms services. Five years after, however,
the access gaps have reduced to 114 clusters with additional
15 million Nigerians now connected.
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While receiving the award on behalf of the EVC, Director,
Public Affairs, NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, who appreciated
NASAL for the recognition, said the award was both an
encouragement and a challenge to the EVC and his team to do
more.
“It is heartwarming that NASAL has found our EVC and CEO
deserving of this award. The award is an acknowledgement
that his accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. We at the
NCC, value this gesture, which writes the history of Professor
Danbatta’s achievements in a very distinctive and enduring
way,” Adinde said.
Adinde amplified the justifications adduced by NASAL for
recognising Danbatta, by citing various indicators that measure
the performance of the telecom sector, which clearly show
that the sector has been growing over the years and more
impressively, in the last five years of Danbatta’s leadership.
“From the recent industry statistics and other relevant macro
indicators, the telecoms sector, under Danbatta, has recorded
positive growth in terms of active voice subscriptions, internet
subscriptions, teledensity, broadband penetration and
contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP),” he said.
While noting that the last five years of Danbatta has witnessed a number of policy initiatives that have spurred industry growth and improved service delivery, Adinde restated the EVC’s commitment to ensuring that the Commission maintains its
reputation as a foremost communications regulatory
organisation.
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