…Say Reappointment Well Deserved
By Cyber Era Correspondent
Telecommunications, Media and Technology(TMT) journalists under the aegis of the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), has congratulated the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer( EVC/CEO) of telecommunications regulatory body, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, on his reappointment for a second tenure.
Nigerian Leader, Muhammadu Buhari , last week, confirmed a second five-year tenure for the EVC/CEO of NCC through the recommendation of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.
In a congratulatory letter to Prof. Dambatta, seen by Cyber Era, the technology media body noted that the reappointment was indicative of the fact that he had performed creditably well in his first tenure and therefore had become a call to continue in order to see his plans and programmes to fruition.
According to the Chairman of NITRA, who authored the message, Chike Onwuegbuchi, the first tenure had given yield to so many notable achievements that had brought succour to consumers, sanity and growth to the industry, revenue to the government and operational efficiency and ease to operators.
Commenting on the milestone achievements of the EVC/CEO of NCC, Onwuegbuchi further stated: “In the light of your achievements with regards to reduction of RoW charges, lowering of the cost of calls/data, universal telecom access which as you said is premised on three ‘A’s, Availability of service, Accessibility of Service, and Affordability of service, among other initiatives, the reappointment is most deserving.
Onwuegbuchi said: “Your reappointment has come at a time when the industry needs consolidation and tidying up of your noble initiatives. It also comes at a time when the nation, and Africa as a continent, need to see the success of the National Broadband Plan (NBP), the total digitization of the economy and the acceleration of digital infrastructure via the the InfraCo model, among other developmental efforts to grow the Nigerian economy through ICT.”
He commended Danbatta for constantly bringing to bear his academic and professional experience on the running of the Commission, and in fostering growth in the sector, while noting that his reappointment would enable him complete his plans and programmes at the Commission, which included effective kick-off of the InfraCo project, ensuring resolution and total compliance to the Right of Way (RoW) agreement, steering the telecommunications sector post-COVID-19 period, facilitating the realization of the set targets of the NBP 2020- 2025 and ensuring universal access, among other initiatives.
NITRA assured the EVC of the Association’s readiness to partner with the Commission in its mandate and quest to grow the Nigerian telecommunications industry to an enviable height.