The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recognised the executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta as the commission’s ambassador, in recognition of his effort to entrench a culture of anti-corruption in the communications industry.
Danbatta was presented the ambassadorial badge by the EFCC chairman, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa when the NCC boss paid a courtesy visit to his office to deepen the synergy between both agencies.
The NCC, under the leadership of Danbatta, has been in the vanguard of promoting transparency and openness with the strengthening of its anti-corruption and transparency unit in line with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Act.
A statement by the NCC’s director, public affairs, Reuben Muoka said the ICPC in 2020 ranked the NCC above other departments and agencies of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMoCDE).
The NCC topped the list of three other agencies under the ministry, which featured in the intra-ministerial agencies’ ranking in ethics compliance and institutional integrity with 81.15 per cent.
Similarly, the commission led 24 other regulatory agencies to emerge as the most ethically-compliant parastatal among 25 different regulatory agencies assessed in the anti-graft agency’s Ethics Compliance and Integrity Scorecards (ECIS) 2020.
In 2017, the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) awarded the NCC the topmost platinum recognition for its institutional work processes, courtesy of its robust business organizational structure, policies, and practices that facilitated effective and efficient service delivery.
In arriving at this conclusion, the BPSR also listed accountabilities and responsibilities for setting standardised operating procedure (SOP) manuals of the commission’s 19 departments as some of the high points.
In the same vein, the NCC’S Computer Security Incident Response Team (NCC-CSIRT) has been at the forefront of rolling out a series of preventive measures in the country, helping in the process of curbing cyber-related crimes.