By Business A.M.
Umar Garba Danbatta, the executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has been scheduled to be conferred with the esteemed National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award, among other notable Nigerians.
The announcement was made in an advertorial signed by Nasir Olaitan Raji-Mustapha,the director general of the National Productivity Center, heralding Danbatta’s exceptional achievements and significant contributions to the development and advancement of the Nigerian telecommunications industry.
It noted that the NPOM Award recognises individuals, who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, innovation, and dedication in their respective fields, and Danbatta’s recognition highlights his outstanding contributions to the NCC and the telecommunications sector as a whole.
A statement signed by Reuben Muoka, director, public affairs,NCC, noted that Danbatta has spearheaded several initiatives that have revolutionised the telecommunications landscape in Nigeria, adding that 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, and digital inclusion and innovation, among others.
The NCC disclosed that 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,it said, has played a pivotal role in bridging the digital divide and fostering economic growth.
Highlighting other achievements of the NCC executive vice chairman, the statement pointed out that in the area of consumer empowerment and protection, Danbatta has prioritized the interests and rights of telecom consumers, implementing consumer-centric policies and initiatives. It noted furthert that 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, the statement noted that Danbatta has championed programmess to promote digital inclusion and empower marginalized communities in his efforts to deepen digital inclusion and innovation. It listed initiatives such as the NCC’s Digital Nigeria Centre (DNC), formerly known as the School Knowledge Centers (SKCs) and Emergency Communication Centers (ECCs), which have improved access to digital resources and enhanced emergency response capabilities across the nation.
The NCC also stated that the conferment of the 2023 NPOM Award on Danbatta serves as a testament to his remarkable achievements and exceptional leadership within the Commission, as 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.
“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,” it added.