The executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta has lauded four retiring staff of the commission for their dedication to duties and their contributions to the development of telecommunications in Nigeria.
The four staff – Mallam Aliyu Ibrahim, deputy director/head, administration; Okechukwu Christian Aninweke, an assistant director/head, risk management; Patience Ante, principal manager, Lagos zonal office (LZO) and Daniel Agbi, deputy manager, LZO – reached the mandatory retirement age of 60 years and have embarked on their pre-retirement leaves, after their respective valedictory sessions at the commission.
Ibrahim, who spent 26 years of active service in the commission, served in several departments before being appointed Lagos zonal controller, Kano zonal controller and head, consumer protection and advocacy before retiring as head of administration of the commission, a position he held for more than four years.
The NCC boss said Aliyu’s various postings across departments and his outline of contributions at his various posts were testaments to his hard work and dedication to duty. He commended Aliyu’s administrative competence that enabled the commission to start the NCC Digital Innovation Park project in Kano.
Aninweke joined the commission in 2001 and is retiring as an assistant director and head, risk management in the corporate planning strategy and risk management department after 21 years of dedicated active service. He was also president of NCC Staff Cooperative and Multipurpose Society for two tenures.
Ante served the commission for 18 years, having been enlisted in 2002 as a confidential secretary at the commission’s erstwhile human resources department, where she worked for seven years before her redeployment to Lagos zonal office. In Lagos, she first worked in the compliance monitoring and enforcement unit where she served different sections of the office operations. Before her retirement, Ante rose to principal manager and served as head, licensing and authorisation unit at the zonal office.
Agbi joined the commission in 2005 as a protocol officer. His duties included working closely with high-profile personalities in the commission, including board members, ministers and executive management. His liaised with the Nigerian Immigration Service. Agbi worked with uncommon zeal, passion and honourably. He retired from the commission at the rank of deputy manager.
A statement by NCC’s director, public affairs, Reuben Muoka stated that during their different valedictory sessions the retirees appreciated the opportunity given to them to serve Nigeria in various capacities through the NCC. Also, they commended the EVC for his remarkable leadership qualities and finesse which have repositioned the commission as a flagship Nigerian public sector institution.