…As Pantami tasks commission on synergy, policy implementation
Prof. Mansur Bindawa has been formally inaugurated as a non-executive commissioner on the board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami.
Speaking at the official induction of Bindawa into the board, Pantami said Bindawa’s journey into the commission followed the laid-down laws establishing the commission.
“The inauguration of Prof. Bindawa into the NCC board is in fulfilment of the requirements of the Nigerian Communication Act (NCA), 2003, which stipulates that the ‘board of commissioners of NCC shall constitute of three executive commissioners and six non-executives commissioners selected based on proven integrity and diversity in their expertise in different professional spheres’,” he said.
At the occasion, which took place in the minister’s office at the NCC’s Communications and Digital Economy Complex in Abuja, Pantami congratulated Bindawa and described his appointment as fitting. Also, Pantami called on Bindawa to cooperate with other board members of the commission for effective regulatory operations that will benefit the commission’s staff, stakeholders and the Nigerian economy.
Overall, the minister also tasked the entire board and management of the commission on the need to re-double their efforts and journey with the ministry and its various agencies to collectively implement various policies of government aimed at developing the telecommunications sector of the Nigerian economy.
In his remarks, the chairman of the governing board of NCC, Prof. Adeolu Akande, who led Bindawa and other board members of the commission to the minister, appreciated the Federal Government and the minister for fortifying the commission with intellectuals ready to work together for the advancement of the technological ecosystem.
“Bindawa is the fourth professor on the board of the NCC and his professional experience and expertise will further strengthen the board. The profile of Professor Bindawa has preceded him as a distinguished humanist and we believe that his presence will be of immense benefit to the commission. We look forward enthusiastically to leveraging the wealth of experience and support he is bringing on board in consolidating our achievements,” Akande said.
Additionally, Akande asserted that Bindawa’s appointment conforms to the notion that people of diverse experience continue to complement one another in taking the commission to greater heights.
Speaking in the same vein, NCC’s executive vice chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, thanked the minister for his interest in policy implementation and for preserving the autonomy of the board and management to discharge their functions effectively as a regulatory institution.
Danbatta assured the new board member of a work atmosphere characterised by cordiality and friendship where regulatory issues of national interest are resolved through intellectually-engaging deliberations for the progress of the commission and the nation.
Responding after taking the oath of office, Bindawa appreciated the government for the opportunity given to him to serve the nation through the NCC and pledged to deliver on the set mandates of the commission, promising to cooperate with the board and management.
A statement by the commission’s director, public affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, said Bindawa’s inauguration by the minister followed his nomination in a letter dated January 10, 2022, by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and subsequent confirmation of the nomination by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on March 1, 2022, in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003.