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Breaking News: Prof Danbatta takes over from Juwah @NCC with immediate effect



Breaking News@ITRealms:
The President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Umaru Garba Danbatta as the new Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), ITRealms reports.

This is coming as Buhari also appointed Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu as the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina confirmed this to ITRealms in a press statement today, said Prof. Danbatta, who holds a Doctorate Degree in Electronic Engineering, takes over from Dr. Eugene Juwah whose tenure expired on July 29, 2015 with immediate effect.

  In addition, the new NCC EVC’s other academic qualifications includes a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications as well as a Masters Degree in the same field.
  A fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers ( NSE), Prof. Dantata has had a meritorious career in the academia and rose to become Professor of Electrical Engineering and Electronics at Bayero University, Kano, specializing in Telecommunications Engineering and Information and Communications Technology.
  Before his new appointment, Prof. Danbatta held top management and leadership positions at different times including Head of Department, Dean of Faculty, Director, Centre for Information Technology, Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (Kano Branch), Deputy Vice Chancellor and Acting Vice Chancellor.
  His appointment as Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC is for five years in the first instance.
Equally, Dr. Kachikwu, who was appointed GMD of NNPC was the Executive Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Exxon-Mobil (Africa), is to take over from Dr. Joseph Thlama Dawha.
Dr. Kachikwu hails from Onicha-Ugbo in Delta State.


He is a First Class Graduate of Law from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the Nigerian Law School.
  The new NNPC Chief Executive also has Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Law from the Harvard Law School.
  He started his working career with the Nigerian/American Merchant Bank before moving on to Texaco Nigeria Limited where he remained for about eight years before joining ExxonMobil. 

Additionally, below is biodata of Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, PhD:


Born in Danbatta Local Government Council of Kano State, Prof. Danbatta obtained his BEng, MSc and PhD degrees from the Technical University of Wroclaw in Poland and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology UK respectively. 
He had served as a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology of Bayero University Kano for 28 years, where he taught courses in telecommunication engineering and electronics and held academic positions of Dean of the Faculty and Head of Department at different times. His main administrative responsibilities, in the university, included Deputy and Acting Dean of Students’ Affairs, Administrator of the Works Department and later, Director of the Centre for Information Technology (CIT). 
He was also chairman to, or member of, over 60 University committees and task forces. In administrative and other responsibilities outside the university, he has served as chairman or member to over 20 committees, prominent among which was the Chairmanship of the Implementation Committee of Kano State University of Science & Technology and subsequently became its pioneer Deputy and Acting Vice-Chancellor when it took off in 2001. 
Prof. Danbatta has supervised more than 60 PhD, MEng and BEng projects in the diverse areas of telecommunications and has also served as external examiner to seven universities and polytechnics and is an assessor, technical reviewer and editorial member to eight research journals. 
He is a recipient of 18 distinguished awards and certificates of honour. Prof. Danbatta, who had served two terms of five years as a Member of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), is also a COREN registered engineer and member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE). 
He has to his credit more than 50 articles in journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. He is also the author of a six-chapter, 167-page book titled Elements of Static Engineering Electromagnetics
He was the Vice President of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), International Centre for Advanced Communications Studies, which was established in the year 2004 by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to build capacity for the Nigerian/African telecom industry in the diverse areas of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). 
While at DBI he has developed expertise in the following major areas of ICT implementation, policy and regulation:

1. Regulation of the Telecommunications Sector of the Nigerian Economy;

2. Competition, Interconnection and Price Regulations in a Developing Economy;

3. Issues concerning Authorization of Telecommunications Services in a Developing Economy;

4. Strategies for ensuring Universal Access and Service to Telecommunications Services;

5. Strategies towards Effective Spectrum Management in a Developing Economy;

6. Issues on Institutional and Legal Framework for Effective Regulation of Telecommunications Services; and

7. New and Emerging Technologies and Impact on Regulation of the Telecommunications Sector of a Developing Economy.

Prof. Danbatta, who recently served as a member of the Implementation Committee of the Northwest University Kano, is presently the Acting Vice-Chancellor of Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil

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Pix: Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta

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