L-R: Charles Edet, Senior Manager, Research and Development, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Yakubu Gontor, Director, Financial Services; Dr. Haru Alhassan, Director, New Media and Information Security; Adeleke Adewolu, Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, all of NCC; and Kilba Uche, Assistant Director, National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM); Kelechi Nwankwo, Head, Academic Research Support, NCC; Adewale Michael, NCMM official; Engr. Bako Wakil, Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, NCC and Grace Ojougboh, Head of Online Media and Special Publications, NCC, at the 2021 Museum Day in Abuja, FCT

2021 IMD: Innovative museums essential for sustainable development of Nigeria ─NCC CEO

*A museum is an important resourceful centre that can stimulate critical thinking and creative ideas for expanding the frontiers of knowledge and advancement of development in relevant sectors of the Nigerian economy, says Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO of Nigerian Communications Commission

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In emphasising the significance of historical collections for national development, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has advocated ingenious ways of collecting antiquities relevant to operations of various organisations in the country.

Danbatta stated this measure is important in order to preserve the relics that can bridge the knowledge gap needed for sustainable development of Nigeria.

The NCC EVC/CEO, represented by Barr. Adewolu Adeleke, Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management (ECSM) at the Commission, made the call recently, in Abuja, FCT, when the NCC joined in the celebration of the 2021 International Museum Day (IMD) with the theme, “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine”.

Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, in a statement late Friday, July 30, 2021, said Danbatta while speaking on the theme on the occasion, noted that it appropriately captures the reason the telecoms regulatory Commission established a special museum for the telecommunications industry in the country.

According to him, the project is intended to bridge the historical knowledge gap in the evolution of communication as well as meeting the need for information by future generations.

The NCC Chief stated: “The NCC communications museum was established in November 2006 for documentation of historical collections on the evolution of communications in Nigeria.

“Communication artifacts were identified in various locations across the country where postal and telecommunication offices were established in order to retrieve relics for exhibition.”

He further explained that the museum should be seen as an important resourceful centre that can stimulate critical thinking and creative ideas for expanding the frontiers of knowledge and advancement of development in relevant sectors of the economy.

“Our museum is designed and reinvented to conserve the history of the Nigerian telecommunications industry and we see it as very important to collect, exhibit and preserve telecommunications items to enlighten and educate stakeholders on the evolution of communications.

“This is with a view to nudging our minds towards critical thinking that will bring about new innovations to assist in building a better future for our industry and the nation,” said Danbatta.

He added: “The NCC Museum plays valuable roles in supporting the Commission’s agenda by providing unique information resources to cater for historical needs of the future generations, while building capacity and stimulating innovations to assist in fashioning out a better future for the Nigerian communications industry.”

In regard to the NCC Museum Day, Danbatta explained it is “a demonstration of the Commission’s commitment to facilitating learning and collaboration with relevant Museum professional bodies, in order to conserve antiquities used to develop the industry, in the best possible manner for socio-economic impact of the nation.”

The statement also noted the museum generally plays important roles in the society by conserving the past and helping to shape the future through providing needed insight into history, while educating future generations and equipping them with the requisite information and knowledge for sustainable development.

Prof. Abba Isa Tijani, Director-General of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), was represented at the event by Kilba Zainab Uche, Assistant Director, Museums, who presented a brief on the “Role of Museum in the Digital Era”.

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