NASAL honours Danbatta with award for deepening telecom services
NEWS DIGEST – The National Association of State Assembly Legislators (NASAL) has honoured the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta with a ‘National Service Excellence Award.’
According to a statement by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs at NCC, the award was bestowed Prof. Danbatta, in recognition of his transformational leadership, which has deepened access to telecommunications services across state constituencies, in the last five years.
Director General of NASAL, Hon. Uchechukwu Chukwuma, who led a five-member delegation to the Commission’s Corporate Headquarters in Abuja to present the award, said: “The award from NASAL not only underscores the remarkable leadership role by Danbatta in deepening the development and growth of the telecoms sector at the grassroots, but also demonstrates the pivotal role of the EVC as a change agent, a catalyst for national development and a great Nigerian patriot.”
He added that in the last five years, NASAL, as the body of state lawmakers in the country, has consistently monitored the activities of the Danbatta-led NCC, and observed notable improvements in telecoms services across state constituencies in Nigeria.
“Danbatta’s efforts have manifested in enhanced access to the Internet by our people, which has given them the opportunity to participate and ventilate their views constructively. As you know, citizens’ participation in political activities is one of the attributes of an ideal democracy and Prof. Danbatta has helped to promote this ideal,” Chukwuma said.
While receiving the award on behalf of the EVC, Dr. Adinde, who appreciated NASAL for the recognition, said the award was both an encouragement and a challenge to the EVC and his team to do more.
“It is heartwarming that NASAL has found our EVC and CEO deserving of this award. The award is an acknowledgement that his accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. We at the NCC, value this gesture, which writes the history of Prof. Danbatta’s achievements in a very distinctive and enduring way,” Adinde said.
He further added: “From the recent industry statistics and other relevant macro indicators, the telecoms sector, under Danbatta, has recorded positive growth in terms of active voice subscriptions, internet subscriptions, teledensity, broadband penetration and contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”