NASAL honours Danbatta with National Service Excellence Award •It’s a challenge to do more, says NCC boss

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•L- R: Bashir Bello, Head, Legislative and Government Relations, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Hon. Uchechukwu Chukwuma, Director , National Association of State Assembly Legislators (NASAL); Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Affairs, NCC; Truddy Tony-Awusaku, Principal Manager, Affairs, NCC; Hon. Usman Ali, Co-ordinator, North-West Zone, NASAL, during the  presentation of National Award of Excellence to Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice /CEO, NCC by NASAL at the Commission’s Headquarters Abuja. Adidnde received the award behalf of the EVC

ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice /CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has received the National Excellence Award.
Announcing the conferment of the award in Abuja,  the National Association of State Assembly Legislators (NASAL) said the award was in recognition of Danbatta’s transformational in deepening access to telecommunications services across state constituencies of in the last five years.

The award is coming few months after the President renewed Danbatta’s mandate as the country’s chief telecoms regulator for another term of five years.

Director 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 role by Danbatta in deepening the 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 and a great Nigerian patriot.”

He said in the last five years, NASAL, as the body of state in the country, has consistently monitored the activities of the Danbatta-led NCC and observed notable improvements in telecoms services across state constituencies in .

“Danbatta’s efforts have manifested in enhanced access to the Internet by our , which has given them the opportunity to participate and ventilate their views constructively. As you know, citizens’ participation in political activities is 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 board five years ago, 217 access gap clusters were identified in the country, 40 million Nigerians excluded from access to telecoms services. Five years after, however, the access gaps have reduced to 114 clusters additional 15 million Nigerians now connected.

While receiving the award behalf of the EVC, Director, 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 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 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 .

“From the recent industry statistics and other relevant macro indicators, the telecoms sector, 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 initiatives that have spurred industry growth and improved delivery, Adinde restated the EVC’s commitment to ensuring that the Commission maintains its reputation as a foremost communications regulatory organisation.