NCC EVC, Danbatta gets National Daily’s prestigious award
The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Umar Danbatta, penultimate Friday received the National Daily Newspaper Public Sector Personality of the Decade award.
The event tagged: “National Daily Award of Excellence” was held at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos under the chairmanship of Prince Julius Adelusi Founder of Juli Pharmacy while former President Olusegun Obasanjo who was a special guest of honour delivered the keynote address.
Danbatta, who was represented at the event by the Director, Public Affairs, Reuben Muoka, thanked the organisers of the programme for the award and acknowledged that it was a call for more work to be done to push the frontiers of good governance that ensures national development and economic growth.
He said the Commission is ever determined to ensure collaboration with all stakeholders in the Nigerian communications industry and even beyond as it remains one of the surest ways of enabling a positive turnaround of the Nigerian economy.
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While presenting the award, the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of National Daily/National Standard Magazine, Sylvester Ebhodage, said the award was in recognition of Prof. Danbatta immense contribution to the development of Nigeria’s telecom sector.
He added that under Prof. Danbatta’s watch, NCC has stabilised the telecom industry and strengthened the telecommunications sector as a major contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth and boosted telecoms investment inflows into the country.
“While we use the opportunity to show appreciation to many top public figures and top dignitaries in the country whose gestures have been worthy of emulation and whose actions over the years, and most especially within the period under review, have contributed in one way or another in uplifting humanity.
“We also take a route not common, in recognizing some people who think their contributions go unnoticed because they do not make front page news, neither are they well known and celebrated. But we made efforts to identify them, and want to use this opportunity to say thank you for all you are doing,” he added.