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Telecoms: Danbatta to receive National Productivity Order of Merit Award for excellent contributions

*Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta’s leadership of the Nigerian telecoms sector has witnessed significant investments and healthy competition, besides prioritising the interests and rights of telecoms consumers, implementing consumer-centric policies and initiatives in the ecosystem

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

For exceptional achievements, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), will be conferred with the esteemed National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award, among other notable Nigerians.

Dr. Nasir Olaitan Raji-Mustapha, Director General of the National Productivity Centre, who announced this development in a published advertorial on Danbatta’s exceptional achievements and significant contributions to the development and advancement of the telecommunications industry in the West African country.

ConsumerConnect reports the NPOM Award recognises individuals, who have demonstrated exemplary leadership, innovation, and dedication in their respective fields.

Mr. Reuben Muoka, Director of Public Affairs at NCC, Tuesday, May 30, 2023, stated Danbatta’s recognition highlights his outstanding contributions to the NCC and the Nigerian  telecommunications sector as a whole.

Highpoints of Danbatta’s contributions to advancement of Nigerian telecoms industry

The Commission noted during the EVC/CEO’s tenure at the NCC, Danbatta has spearheaded several initiatives that have revolutionised the telecommunications landscape in Nigeria.

“His visionary leadership and strategic decisions have led to remarkable achievements and noteworthy milestones for the industry,” said Muoka.

The NCC also disclosed some of the key accomplishments attributed to Danbatta’s tenure include the promotion of Broadband penetration, consumer empowerment and protection, sustainable industry growth, and digital inclusion and innovation, among others in the ecosystem.

The Commission further stated: “Under the promotion of Broadband penetration, Danbatta’s relentless efforts to enhance Broadband connectivity across Nigeria have resulted in substantial improvements in Internet access and affordability.

“This has played a pivotal role in bridging the digital divide and fostering economic growth.”

The Director of Public Affairs noted that in the area of consumer empowerment and protection, the NCC Executive Vice-Chairman has prioritised the interests and rights of telecoms consumers, implementing consumer-centric policies and initiatives.

“Notably, the NCC’s Toll-Free Line for Consumer Complaints, introduced under his leadership, has provided an accessible platform for addressing consumer grievances and ensuring their protection.

“With respect to sustainable industry growth, under Prof Danbatta’s guidance, the telecommunications sector has witnessed significant investments and healthy competition.

“His strategic leadership has fuelled innovation, resulting in sustainable industry growth and a positive impact on Nigeria’s economy,” said the Commission.

Besides, the telecoms regulatory Commission said in recognising the transformative power of digital technology, Prof. Danbatta has championed programmes to promote digital inclusion and empower marginalised communities in his efforts at deepening digital inclusion and innovation.

Such initiatives include the NCC’s Digital Nigeria Centre (DNC), formerly known as the School Knowledge Centres (SKCs) and Emergency Communication Centres (ECCs) have improved access to digital resources and enhanced emergency response capabilities across the nation.

‘NPOM Award on Danbatta well-deserved,’ says NCC

The NCC as well stressed the conferment of the 2023 NPOM Award on Danbatta serves as a testament to his remarkable achievements and exceptional leadership within the NCC.

It also stated: “His contributions have not only positioned Nigeria as a key player in the global digital landscape but have also positively impacted the lives of millions of Nigerians.”

The NPOM Award is a prestigious recognition that celebrates individuals, who have made significant contributions to productivity, innovation, and national development. Danbatta’s well-deserved recognition further solidifies his reputation as a transformative leader and industry trailblazer.

“The entire telecommunications industry and the nation, at large, celebrate Danbatta’s achievements and extend their heartfelt congratulations on the conferment of the 2023 NPOM Award.

“His exemplary leadership and contributions serve as an inspiration to future generations and reaffirm Nigeria’s commitment to technological progress and national productivity,” NCC said.

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