Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman of EFCC (l), Presenting an Ambassadorial Badge to Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of NCC, in Abuja, FCT Photo: NCC

Danbatta is EFCC’s anti-corruption Ambassador

*The Nigerian Communications Commission explains the leadership of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of NCC, has been in the vanguard of promoting transparency and openness by strengthening the Commission’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit in line with the ICPC Act

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

In recognition of his effort at entrenching a culture of anti-corruption in the communications industry in the West African country, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has received an Ambassadorial Badge from Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The telecoms sector regulatory Commission stated Bawa presented the badge to Prof. Danbatta Wednesday, November 23, 2022, when the latter paid a courtesy visit to the EFCC Chairman’s office to deepen the synergy between the two regulatory agencies, in Abuja, FCT.

Mr. Reuben Muoka, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, also disclosed that the NCC, under the leadership of the EVC/CEO, has been in the vanguard of promoting transparency and openness with the strengthening of its Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit in line with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Act.

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The Commission said the ICPC, in 2020, ranked the NCC above other departments and agencies of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (MoCDE).

“The NCC topped the list among three other agencies under the Ministry, which featured in the intra-ministerial agencies’ ranking in ethics compliance and institutional integrity with 81.15 percent.

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“Similarly, the Commission led 24 other regulatory agencies to emerge as the most ethically-compliant parastatal among 25 different regulatory agencies assessed in the anti-graft agency’s Ethics Compliance and Integrity Scorecards (ECIS), 2020,” Muoka stated.

The Commission further recalled the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), in 2017, awarded the NCC the topmost Platinum recognition for the telecoms sector regulator’s institutional work processes, courtesy of its robust business organisational structure, policies and practices that facilitated effective and efficient service delivery.

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The NCC said in arriving at that conclusion, the BPSR had listed accountabilities and responsibilities for setting Standardised Operating Procedure (SOP) manuals of the Commission’s 19 departments as some of the high points.

Besides, the Commission said the NCC’s Computer Security Incident Response Team (NCC-CSIRT) has been at the forefront of rolling out series of preventive measures helping to curb cyber-related crimes in Nigeria.

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