Prof. Umar  Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of NCC

Danbatta assures NCC’s commitment to advancing Digital Economy at TIA Awards

*The Nigerian Communications Commission has promised to ensure the telecoms sector regulator brings full benefits of the digital economy to consumers for the overall development of the country

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has promised to ensure the telecoms sector regulator delivers the full benefits of the Digital Economy to Nigerian consumers for the overall development of the West African country.

ConsumerConnect reports the Commission recently won double awards at the 2022 Tech Innovation Awards (TIA).

The NCC, at the 6th Edition of the annual awards, which took place in Lagos, was named ‘The Innovative Telecom Regulator of the Year Award while Prof. Umar  Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Commission, was honoured with the ‘Telecom Industry Leader Award’.

Speaking after receiving the awards on behalf of the Commission and the EVC/CEO respectively, Mr. Reuben Muoka, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, said Prof. Danbatta’s leadership had committed to the implementation of progressive policies, plans, strategies, and regulatory initiatives to ensure continuous development of the Nigerian digital economy for the benefits of Nigerian consumers.

He particularly noted among several government policies and strategies on the digital economy, which the NCC has continued to vigorously drive, include the implementation of the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP), 2020-2025, through which Broadband penetration has hit 44.5 percent; and the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS), 2020-2030.

The Commission also stated both policy documents have been streamlined in its Strategic Management Plan (SMP) 2020-2024, and the Strategic Vision Plan 2021-2025.

Dambatta dedicated the awards to the Staff of NCC, whom he said are “working tirelessly to ensure that the internal processes for effective regulation run smoothly.” The EVC/CEO as well assured Nigerians of much deeper commitment to advancing the frontiers of digital connectivity in all nooks and crannies of the country.

Danbatta noted: “Great leadership usually starts with a willing team, a positive attitude, and a desire to make a difference, and our team at NCC has been relentless to see that the Commission’s strategic objectives, as enshrined in the SMP 2020-2024, and other extant policies bring the benefits of a digitised economy to the citizens of Nigeria.

“These wonderful staff, who are my foot soldiers, are tirelessly working to improve stakeholder collaboration, promote innovative regulatory services, and improve communication’s resource and project management.

“These awards prove that our efforts are visible and appreciated.”

Earlier in his remarks, Akin Naphtal, Chief Executive Officer of InstinctWave, organisers of the annual awards, said the NCC bagged the two awards owing to the recognition of the Nigerian telecoms regulator’s leadership finesse.

Naphtal stated this unique attribute has helped in innovatively fulfilling the Commission’s brand promise to promote “a connected environment of endless opportunities”.

The annual awards, the InstinctWave CEO disclosed, is the Nigerian tech ecosystem’s equivalent of Oscar.

He said the Awards sets the highest industry standard for honouring organisations and individuals in the telecoms and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector in Africa, and recognises innovative individuals and organisations at the forefront of digitisation taking place in Nigeria’s ICT ecosystem and beyond.

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