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With Senate confirmation, work begins for Danbatta at NCC

With Senate confirmation, work begins for Danbatta at NCC
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The Nigerian Senate has confirmed Professor Umar Garba Danbatta as Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the nation’s telecoms industry watchdog.
Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta
Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta
Danbatta was appointed in acting capacity by President Muhammadu Buhari on August 4, 2015 following the expiration of the tenure of Dr. Eugene Juwah.

[blockquote right=”pull-right”]“Having gone through what has been described as thorough screening by the Senator Gilbert Nnaji led Communication Committee, the Committee this week confirmed Danbatta for the job for the next five years, in the first instance.” [/blockquote]

Having gone through what has been described as thorough screening by the Senator Gilbert Nnaji led Communication Committee, the Committee this week confirmed Danbatta for the job for the next five years, in the first instance.
With the confirmation, work begins for the new NCC chief who will lead the telecoms watchdog for the next five years, and will largely be responsible for steering the fortunes of telecoms seen as one of the backbones of the Nigerian economy.
NCC headquarters in Abuja
NCC headquarters in Abuja
Before his appointment, Danbatta was the Acting Vice Chancellor, Kano State University of Science & Technology, Wudil.
Born in Danbatta Local Government Council of Kano State, Danbatta obtained his BEng, MSc degrees from the Technical University of Wroclaw in Poland and his PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) UK respectively.
He has served as a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology of Bayero University Kano for 28 years where he taught courses in Telecommunications Engineering and Electronics.
He also held academic positions of Dean of the Faculty and Head of Department and his main responsibilities included Deputy and Acting Dean of Students’ Affairs, Administrator of the Works Department and later, Director of the Centre for Information Technology (CIT).
He was also a member of over 60 University committees and task forces, including numerous stints as Chairman. In administrative and other responsibilities outside the university, he has served on over 20 committees, prominent among which was his Chairmanship of the implementation Committee of pioneer Deputy and Acting Vice-chancellor when it took off in 2001.
Danbatta has supervised more than 60 PhD, MEng and BEng projects in diverse areas of telecommunications.
He has to his credit more than 50 articles in journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. He is also the author of a six-chapter, 167 – page book titled Element of Static Engineering Electromagnetics.
He is a recipient of 18 distinguished awards and certificates of honour. Prof. Danbatta has served two terms of five years as a Member of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), and is also a COREN registered Engineer and member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).
He was the Vice President of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), International Centre for Advanced Communication Studies, Kano campus, which was established in 2004 by the NCC to build capacity for the Nigerian/African telecoms industry in diverse segments of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
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