Professor Umaru Damabatta

Professor Umaru Damabatta, the new Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has promised to address lingering poor telecom services in the country.

Danbatta was appointed last week by President Muhammadu Buhari to take over from Dr. Eugene Juwah, whose five year tenure ended in July.

Danbatta told workers at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja at the weekend that he would bring to bear his experience in the industry to improve access, affordability and availability of quality service in the telecommunications industry.

He said the NCC under his management would maintain the edge which it had over other regulatory agencies.

A former Vice President of the NCC owned Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), he admitted that there were challenges in the telecom industry but that the challenges are surmountable with the application of the resources available in the industry. “We will bring to bear the resources in the telecommunication industry and use it judiciously,” he noted.

Professor Danbatta’s appointment is expected to bring about a new vista of robust regulation in the telecom industry within which he has earned a wealth of experience. He was the Acting Vice-Chancellor of Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil, until his appointment.

By Pita Ochai


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