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Nigerians urged to emulate Ndukwe @ 59

Nigerians have been urged to emulate the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ernest Chukwuka Anene Ndukwe, in order to take the nation to the next level of its growth.

Leading this call was the President, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), Mr. Lanre Ajayi at a dinner organised in Lagos by IT & Telecom Digest in honour of Dr. Ndukwe’s 59th birthday anniversary, presided over by chairman, Zinox Technologies, Dr. Leo-Stan Ekeh.

For Mr. Ajayi, Nigeria needs more people like him to take the populace to the promised land of economic leadership.

“We need many more like him, he is very committed and loyal to the country and I can say without mincing words that he is passionate about what he does for the Nigerian nation. The truth is that he has given Nigerians the true dividends of democracy,” he said.

While commending the organisers, Mr. Ajayi who also is the managing director, PiNet Informatics, said that Ndukwe deserves any honour accorded him in the present day Nigeria because he has proved himself a worthy ambassador.

“Ndukwe is a legend. He is one of the very few Nigerians that have made this country proud. He has made tremendous impact on the life of the average Nigerian. And, the interesting thing is that he goes about this in a humble and subtle way, such that you won’t even know he is the one working these wonders on Nigerians,” he noted, adding “Engr. Ndukwe is a good ambassador of Nigeria and indeed of the engineering industry. I am proud to be an engineer and to associate with him. I am proud of him.”

Corroborating Mr. Ajayi, the chief executive, Cisco Systems West Africa, Mr. Maduka Emelife, said that what was being celebrated is not Dr. Ndukwe but quality leadership skill that is much needed in the nation’s socio-political life.

He tasked him not to relent because he has remained a source of inspiration to many Nigerians both at home and abroad.

President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, described Dr. Ndukwe as a very religious person despite the time he devotes to hardwork.

Responding, Dr. Ndukwe while expressing thanks for the honour, assured Nigerians that NCC is striving to ensure that quality of service is improved upon as he envisaged that NCC is tinkering on how to multiple the number of base stations per operator current by five, especially on the GSM platform.

Welcoming guest earlier, the chief host and editor of IT & Telecom Digest, Mr. Mkpe Abang, noted that it is actually a double celebration because Nigeria just turned six since the Global System for Mobile communications began in the country as well as birthday anniversary for who he choose to describe as ‘Mr. Telecom.’

“It is double celebration for the NCC CEO as GSM operation in Nigeria is marking six years of unmatched success and growth despite the odds and challenges,” he said, stressing that the evolution is evident in the ubiquity of the mobile phone device from the lower step of the economic ladder to the society’s high and mighty.

He pointed out that the occasion was to celebrate a man regarded as an enigma not only in the country “but outside the shores of the country.”

He noted that the over 38 million telephone lines growth in the country was achieved under Dr. Ndukwe’s stewardship as the head of the NCC, thus a testament to the sheer ingenuity he has infused into the commission.

“It is interesting to note and sometimes amazing to a segment of the society that the NCC is a government agency, yet it has earned the respect and even envy of the private sector,” Abang observed, adding that Ndukwe is “unassuming, humble and modest,” in spite of his successes and enjoined other Nigerians to emulate him in service to father land.

“If we all can do even a minute part of what Dr. Ndukwe has done for this country, then certainly Nigeria will be ahead of many so-called advanced countries,” he asserted.

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