Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of NCC (l) Receives an Award from Engr. Alex Ogedengbe, President of NAE, in Lagos Photo: NCC

NCC receives Engineering Academy Award for contributions to economic development

*The Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE) has honoured and presented an award to the Nigerian Communications Commission for the telecoms regulator’s support of its activities towards enhancing economic development in the country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In recognition and appreciation of the telecom regulator’s support of the Academy’s activities towards enhancing economic development, the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE), has presented an award to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

NAE is one of the highest professional bodies in the engineering field in the country.

The Engineering body is a not-for-profit and non-governmental organisation (NGO), established for the purpose of promoting excellence in technological and engineering training and practice to ensure the technological growth and economic development in Nigeria.

Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, in a statement Thursday, June 24 said Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman (EVC) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NCC, received the recognition Award Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at the 2021 Academy Technology Dinner/Lecture, organised by NAE at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

The event also had Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Honoureable Minister for Science and Technology, as Special Guest of Honour, and Prof. Sam Adefila, as the Guest Speaker.

Prof. Adefila spoke on the technical theme of the annual lecture: “H20, The Peculiar Features of Earth’s Most Abundant Compound”.

Danbatta is a Fellow of the Academy, and since becoming the EVC of NCC in 2015, he has remarkably stepped up NCC’s engagements with the academia and other professional institutions in science and technology towards advancing the socio-economic development of the country.

Dr. Adinde stated the NCC EVC/CEO on the occasion said the Commission was delighted to have been recognised for the modest contribution to the activities of the Academy and economic development in Nigeria.

The statement noted Danbatta said: “On behalf of the Board, Management and the entire staff of the Nigerian Communications Commission, I wish to express our appreciation to the Nigerian Academy of Engineering.

“We see this gesture as an acknowledgement of the little efforts we are making towards the progress of the NAE.”

The EVC/CEO of the regulatory agency related the various interventions the NCC has been making through its concerted initiatives, such as the Digital Awareness Programme (DAP) for secondary schools and Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI) for tertiary education across the country.

Engr. Alex Ogedengbe, President of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, further appreciated the Commission for its consistency in supporting the Academy, especially since the coming on board of Prof. Danbatta as the country’s Chief Telecoms Regulator.

The NAE President commended the NCC Management on supporting the objectives of the body, which he noted are “to promote excellence in and the advancement of Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation for the development of the economy and humanity.”

According to him, the NAE also facilitates dissemination and exchange of ideas among members and other similar bodies and establishments.

Fellows of the Academy are drawn from a broad spectrum of engineering discipline, occupation and geographical location, and include very senior Nigerian and foreign engineering professionals, who have distinguished themselves in professional practice, business, academia and government, the statement said.

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