By Gift Samuel
Abuja-The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta has won TELL Communications Limited awards of Excellence as the CEO of the year 2016.
The President of TELL Communications Limited – publishers of Tell newsmagazine and Broad Street Journal – Mr. Nosa Igiebor disclosed this on a visit to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to convey the nomination of the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta as the CEO OF THE YEAR 2016.
Igiebor who expressed pleasure to be at the NCC “a public sector organization with an uncommon excellent culture of public service”, added that there was a massive response during the call for nominations, stressing that the choice narrowed down to the CEOs of NCC, BOI and NNPC but ultimately NCC emerged topmost.
He stated that TELL had devoted its entire history to publishing, championing issues of freedom and advocating good governance as a springboard to national development, adding that the award is instituted to celebrate organizations and persons inhabiting “the island of excellence where NCC stood out preeminently in the public service”.
Igiebor said that although public complaints about services rendered by telecoms companies persists, NCC has performed creditably well in reining in the malfeasance through its distinctive regulatory role and continuity of focus and actions by successive leadership of the Commission
According to him; “We have the honour of the Board of TELL Awards for Excellence to convey the decision of the nomination of Professor Danbatta as the CEO of the Year 2016 because he has raised the bar in excellent public service and we pray he sustains the trend and that his successors continue on that path”.
Responding, Prof. Danbatta acknowledged the recognition on behalf of Management and staff, describing the honour as historically significant, adding that he has always seen TELL as a highly respected, greatly analytical and not sensational media.
Sounding quite conceptual and philosophical Danbatta said; “There are issues naturally associated with making things better. This is precisely why we rely on the public to tell us how to make things better and the result is what you find in NCC, the real culture of public service to the people is what we endeavour to do and that attitude explains why people come from different countries around the world to study what we are doing and how we are doing it in order to benchmark with their works in other jurisdictions”.
He noted that telecommunication technology impacts so much on socioeconomic development of the nation and every stakeholder’s support is needed to consolidate the strides in the telecom sector, adding that the Commission looks forward to working with TELL magazine to accomplish its enunciated vision for the telecom sector.
The Award will be formally presented to Professor Danbatta at an event in Lagos on June 10, 2017.