NCC Boss Expresses Optimism For Industry
…As He Congratulates President Buhari
By Pelumi Olaleye
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta has expressed more optimism for the telecommunications industry, while seeking for more encouragement and support from the presidency.
His expression of optimism was penned down while congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, over his recent victory at the 2019 presidential election.
Danbatta, in a statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs of the Commission, Mr Nnamdi Nwokike, extolled the virtues of the President, adding that the electoral victory was a reward for his selfless service to the nation.
He further observed that the Commission has, in the last four years, received the unwavering support of the President, which helped not only in reasserting its regulatory independence, but also making it a global household name in the area of regulatory excellence, and operational efficiency.
History was made last year when Nigeria surpassed its National Broadband penetration target of 30 per cent as 31.48% per cent penetration was attained at the end of December, 2018.
The broadband penetration figure was 8.5 per cent when President Buhari took over the mantle of leadership of the country and appointed Prof Danbatta as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NCC in August, 2015.
Danbatta, therefore, expressed optimism that with the continued support the Commission is enjoying from the Presidency, NCC is now ready to take the broadband penetration to the next level.
It can also be recalled that the telecom industry has, in the last four years, remained resilient even in the face of most daunting economic challenges the country has ever exprienced, with quarterly contribution of between N1.4 trillion to N1.5 trillion to the nation’s GDP—according to the statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The contribution to the GDP has hit N.19 trillion in the 4th quarter of 2018 according to the bureau