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NCC Boss Receives Multiple Awards At IWD Event

Commissions e-library at Mumbayya House

Prof. Umar Danbatta
The executive vice chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta.

The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has won a flurry of awards for his contribution to the sector at events to mark the 2022 edition of the International Women’s Day.

Danbatta was recognised for his sterling leadership of the government regulator at a public lecture organised by the Kano Civil Society Forum (KCSF), an umbrella body of over 200 women’s rights groups, in conjunction with the Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Studies of Bayero University, to mark the 2022 International Women Day (IWD), which Danbatta chaired yesterday in Kano State.

However, while Danbatta was to present awards to various women who have distinguished themselves in different endeavours, beneficiaries of various youth entrepreneurship skills programmes of both the commission and his charity foundation, Danbatta Charity Foundation (NCF), presented their awards to him.

Also, the CDS, Mumbayya House and KCSF presented awards of recognition to the EVC.

Earlier, Danbatta told the gathering that he is a strong believer in the potentiality of womenfolk and he has never hesitated to entrust responsibilities to his female colleagues because he has always found them to be very reliable when assigned official tasks.

“I am a very, very strong believer in the tremendous potentiality of the womenfolk. They do it with such finesse, not with any aggression as men do. Women, by their very nature, are tender. They attend to whatever they are doing with finesse in a very careful manner and they deliver on targets given to them before deadlines,” he emphasised.

Speaking further, the EVC said he has never given an assignment to any of the women in the commission, which was not delivered before the deadline. “I am always comfortable to have a woman chair committee, whenever there is the need.

“We now have women in every sector of the economy and all areas of human endeavour; as engineers, medical doctors, seasoned administrators, name it. In the commission I am heading we have four female directors (zonal operations, policy competition, economic analysis and legal & regulatory services, as well as projects).  Importantly, more than 50 per cent of the workforce in NCC is made up of women,” Danbatta informed his audience. 

The NCC boss further stated that the commission is particularly committed to bridging the gender-oriented digital divide. Hence, the NCC has put on the front burner the need to expose girls and young women to more opportunities in the digital ecosystem, in line with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) resolution 70, which advocates gender mainstreaming and promotion of gender equality, as well as the empowerment of women through information and communications technology (ICT).

The EVC later commissioned the e-library of the Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Studies, an arm of the Bayero University that was donated by the commission, in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to the promotion of digital economy programmes. 

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