The telecom industry has been on wild jubilation since last week, the federal government announced the reappointment of the current Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerians Communications Commission, NCC, Prof Umah Danbatta.
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Danbatta whose five years tenure is about to end, having being appointed August 4, 2015, and confirmed by the Senate on November 25, 2015, in line with the provision of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003, is to serve for another five years, taking him through 2025.
Announcing the reappointment, President Muhammadu Buhari, said the move was to consolidate on the tremendous gains already recorded in the industry as well as ensure stability in the industry.
He believes that another five years will give Danbatta the opportunity move the industry towards a higher path of growth, especially at this time when there is increased reliance in digital economy, NCC Nigerians Danbatta.
Keying on the president’s expectations, industry stakeholders have asked the EVC to think less of the jubilations and accolades and face the uphill task of steering a sector expected to be the mainstay of the economy particularly with the devastating blow the COVID-19 pandemic has dealt all economies.
They also took time to x-ray the possible achievements which may have led to his reappointment and asked him to consolidate on most of them if not all, but warning that only an independent regulator would be able to achieve consolidation.
They bemoaned recent happenings in the industry, including needless controversies, where the regulator appeared to have ceded its independence to the Communications Ministry.
The Chairman of Association of Licensed Telecom Operators in Nigeria, ALTON, Engr Gbenga Adebayo while congratulating Danbatta on a new tenure, advised him to brace for work because the sector appears to be stressed as it becomes the rallying point during the COVID-19 period.
He said: “We congratulate Prof. Danbatta as this is a testimony of his good leadership under which the industry has made significant progress and positive impact on our economy.
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