Senate confirms Danbatta appointments for second 5-year term as NCC CEO
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Umar Garba Danbatta for a second term as the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
The Senate confirmation came following the consideration of the report of Senator Oluremi Tinubu-led Senate Committee on Communications.
Danbatta had on Wednesday appeared before the Senate Screening Committee and gave accounts of his stewardship as the country’s chief telecoms regulator in the last five years.
President Muhammad Buhari had last month sent Danbatta to the Senate for confirmation for a record secord five years term in office.
Danbatta was first appointed as the NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, on August 4, 2015, and was subsequently confirmed by the Senate on November 25, 2015.
Danbatta has hinged his vision on NCC’ Strategic Vision Plan (SVP) for the fiscal years 2015-2020, focused on the 8-Point Agenda, the effective implementation of which has led to impressive broadband penetration which rose from a mere 6.0 percent in 2015 to 40.14 percent in May 2020. Active Internet subscriptions also increased from 93 million to over 141 million currently during the period.
The number of active telephone subscribers also rose from 150 million in 2015 to 192.32 million in May 2020 with teledensity currently standing at 100.72 percent, following the rebasing the teledensity to 91 percent in March 2019.
The increase in broadband penetration, Internet usage, number of access to telephone and several other initiatives by the Commission, especially in the areas of driving tech innovations, creating employment, promoting digital inclusiveness, have helped improve the sector’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contribution from 8.50 percent in 2015 to over 11 per cent currently, with a lot of digital activities taking place in all the sectors of the economy.