By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The Nigerian Senate has officially confirmed the nomination of Umar Garba Danbatta for reappointment as the Executive Vice and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Kano Focus reports that the Senate confirmed Danbatta during its plenary on Tuesday, following the consideration of the report of Oluremi Tinubu-led Senate Committee on Communications.
Presenting the report, Opeyemi Bamidele, a member of the committee, said Mr Danbatta met the requirements expected of him.
“The committee met and carried out the screening exercise and the nominee responded well.”
“That the Senate do confirm the appointment of Umar Danbatta as the executive vice-chairman and chief executive officer (CEO).” The senator said.
Mr Danbatta was confirmed after the Senate resolved into Committee of the Whole and his nomination was put to a voice vote.
Mr Danbatta had, on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, appeared before the Senate Screening Committee and gave impressive accounts of his stewardship as the country’s chief telecoms regulator in the last five years.
The EVC’s appearance before the Senate following his nomination for reappointment as the umpire for the telecom industry for another five years by President Muhammad Buhari on June 5, 2020.
Mr Danbatta was appointed, in the first instance, for a five-year term in office 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.
With the Senate confirmation, Danbatta has received a vote confidence to continue to steer the regulatory activities of the countries over $70 billion telecommunications industry for another five years towards fast-tracking Federal Government agenda on digital economy development.
Mr Danbatta’s visionary leadership has been hinged 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 per cent in May, 2020.