President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, the 5th of June, 2020 in a press statement has reappointed Professor Danbatta to continue his good work as the head of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC).
The appointment is based on the recommendation of the Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, which is in line with the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003.
The press statement reads that, “In an effort to consolidate the gains made in the telecommunication sector in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the reappointment of Professor Umar Garba Danbatta as the Executive Chairman, Nigeria Communications Commission”.
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The press statement signed by Uwa Sulieman, Spokesperson to the Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, concluded by saying; “While wishing Professor Danbatta the best, the Honorable Minister directed him to significantly improve on the overall performance of the commission as well as ensure that adequate mechanisms are put in place to facilitate the implementation of all policies of Federal Government through the ministry.”
The newly reappointed Executive Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission was further enjoined to ensure that the interest of telecommunication consumer, Nigerians and investors are adequately protected.
Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, is the appointed the Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission in August 2015 by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Prior to that he had served as a lecturer in the department of electrical engineering, faculty of technology of Bayero University, Kano for 32 years, where he had taught courses in telecommunications engineering and electronics and held academic positions of the Dean of faculty and Head of Department at different times.
Professor Danbatta is a native of Danbatta Local Government Council of Kano State. He obtained his BEng, MSc degrees from the Technical University of Wroclaw in Poland and his PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in the United Kingdom respectively.
He had transformed the telecom sector in the areas of staff welfare, infrastructural development, consumer empowerment and satisfaction, job creation, standard information and communication technology revolution.
Other achievement of Professor Dabbatta includes; research and rebranding of the telecom sector, cordial relationship with stakeholders, increase in active mobile broadband penetration, efficient monitoring and value driven usage for the provision of the different types of services.