The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been honored with the prestigious Platinum Award by the Nigeria Academy of Engineering (NAEng).
The recognition was bestowed upon him in appreciation of his exceptional leadership in regulating the telecommunications industry and his significant contributions to the advancement of engineering, which have played a vital role in the technological and economic progress of the country.
Presenting the award on behalf of the Academy, Professor Azikiwe Onwualu, the President of NAEng, commended the Commission for its commendable efforts in regulating the telecom sector and promoting the field of engineering. He emphasized that the NCC’s unwavering support for the NAEng has significantly elevated the profession.
During the 2023 Annual Technology Dinner of the Academy, the award was handed over to the Executive Vice Chairman by Vincent Maduka, a highly respected figure in the engineering field and former Director General of the Nigerian Television Authority.
In his remarks, Maduka expressed his admiration for the Commission’s remarkable achievements and acknowledged its pivotal role in fostering the growth and development of engineering in Nigeria.
Maduka said, “Prof. Danbatta has contributed immensely to the sustainability of all initiatives of the professional body, just as his role to the development of engineering profession in general is being felt in Nigeria, through his effective regulation of the telecommunications sector.”
Danbatta, an esteemed professor of electrical and electronics engineering, proudly accepted the award and expressed his gratitude to the prestigious institute for recognizing the Nigerian Communications Commission’s deserving contribution. As a member of the Council and a fellow of NAEng, he was honored to receive such a distinction.
During his acceptance speech, Danbatta dedicated the award to the dedicated and diligent staff of the Nigerian Communications Commission. He acknowledged their unwavering commitment to supporting his vision of promoting regulatory excellence and fostering the sustainable growth of Nigeria’s digital economy. Their hard work has been instrumental in achieving this goal, and he commended their efforts.
“I could not have done the good work you credited me with, without the support and cooperation of NCC staff and we are delighted that the public is watching, listening and observing what we are doing and a testimony to this fact is the platinum category award we have just been given by the apex engineering body in the country,” the EVC stated.
Danbatta further said: “I want to assure the public that the NCC will do whatever it can, within its mandates, to bring out impactful initiatives that will drive the digital transformation process that will ultimately make telecom services pervasive and affordable to all parts of the country.”
He took advantage of the opportunity to discuss several initiatives of the Commission that have had a significant impact on the socio-economic development of the nation.
Among these initiatives, he highlighted one that focuses on Nigerian youths across the country. The Commission provides training to the youth and equips them with laptops and other necessary equipment to access the internet. This program aims to empower them to develop their skills and earn a livelihood.
Danbatta reassured everyone of the Commission’s dedication to promoting digital connectivity and bridging existing gaps in access throughout Nigeria.
He mentioned that their target is to achieve 70 percent broadband penetration by 2025, as outlined in the Nigerian National Broadband Plan (NNBP). Currently, they have reached approximately 50 percent, and he expressed confidence in surpassing the target.
He noted that the establishment of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering was highlighted while noting that it’s purpose is to promote excellence in science, technology, and engineering. It serves as a national platform for experts to share their experiences, insights, and contribute to public and private technical policies.