Tuesday, June 09, 2020

2nd term: NITRA felicitates with Danbatta, NCC boss - ITREALMS

ITREALMS:

Umbrella body for information and communication technology reporters in the country, the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), has felicitated with the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, on his reappointment for a second tenure, reports ITREALMS.

Nigeria’s President, General Muhammadu Buhari, retired, last week, ITREALMS recalls confirmed a second five-year tenure for the Prof. Danbatta.

A congratulatory letter to Prof. Danbatta, NITRA noted that the reappointment is indicative of he per formed creditably well in during first tenure; and therefore has become a call to continue in order to see his plans and programmes to fruition.

The Chairman of NITRA, Mr. Chike Onwuegbuchi, said, the first tenure has given yield to so many notable achievements that have brought succour to consumers, sanity and growth to the industry, revenue to the government and operational efficiency and ease to operators.

He listed some of the milestones EVC, to include but not limited to NCC role in reduction of Right of Way (RoW) charges, lowering of the cost of calls and data, as well as “universal telecom access which as you said is premised on three ‘A’s, Availability of service, Accessibility of Service, and Affordability of service, among other initiatives,” hence, the reappointment is most deserving.

Part of the letter read:

“Your reappointment has come at a time when the industry needs consolidation and tidying up of your noble initiatives. It also comes at a time when the nation, and Africa as a continent, needs to see the success of the National Broadband Plan (NBP), the total digitization of the economy and the acceleration of the InfraCo model, among other developmental efforts to grow the Nigerian economy through ICT.”

NITRA chairman further commended EVC for constantly bringing to bear his academic and professional experience in the running of the Commission, and in fostering growth in the sector.

Mr. Onwuegbuchi noted that his reappointment will facilitate completion of his plans and programmes at the Commission, which include effective kick-off of the InfraCo project, ensuring resolution and total compliance to the Right of Way (RoW) agreement, steering the telecommunications sector post-COVID-19 period, facilitating the realization of the set targets of the NBP 2025 and ensuring universal access, among other initiatives.

NITRA assured EVC of the Association’s readiness to partner with the Commission in its mandate and quest to grow the Nigerian telecommunications industry to an enviable height.

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