Professor Umar Danbatta, NCC’s Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO), revealed this on Tuesday during a courtesy visit to the Commission’s head office in Abuja by a team from the upper echelon of the Management of National Economy, a media organization.
Danbatta said NCC is firmly committed to enhancing its already established connection with the media, speaking through Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, the Commission’s Director of Public Affairs.
The fact that the Commission, through its regulatory actions in the telecom ecosystem, maintains a crucial position in the official architecture erected to boost national economic development, is undeniable, according to Danbatta.
According to the EVC, the Commission has done effectively in the eyes of stakeholders, and it acknowledges the importance of the media in its accomplishments.
He stated that the Commission’s relationship with the press has been friendly over the years, and that the Commission will never take the press for granted or act in any way that might jeopardize the relationship.
The EVC emphasized the importance of media support in NCC’s accomplishments, stating that the Commission’s positive, prominent, accurate, timely, and adequate reporting by a broad spectrum of media agencies eased the Commission’s burden in putting its activities in the public sphere and enhanced its effort to enlist the support of other key stakeholders in the telecom ecosystem.
According to the EVC, the Commission has a deliberate policy of constructive engagement with the media and other stakeholders because it recognizes the importance of providing a platform for continuous interface in positioning and projecting the Commission as a flagship public sector brand in Nigeria and a leading light of telecom regulation in Africa and globally.
Danbatta praised the media for its outstanding coverage of telecoms’ significant contributions to GDP, emphasizing the importance of the sector’s achievement in bringing Nigeria out of recession.
In addition, the EVC expressed gratitude for the notable media coverage of the processes in place for the deployment of 5G services in Nigeria, particularly the successful auction of the 3.5GHz spectrum for 5G service rollout.
He asked journalists and other communication professionals to enhance the Commission’s message in publicizing and informing citizens and other stakeholders about the relevance of the new generation network to the country’s economic development.
The NCC Chief Executive stated that the Commission is looking forward to a strong collaboration with all stakeholders in the communication practice in order to ensure goal-oriented reporting of the unfolding national developments in the digital economy sector, because of the benefits to citizens, businesses, and the nation as a whole.
Danbatta highlighted NCC’s commitment to maintaining its favorable connection with the media while thanking the Management of National Economy for the visit, commendation, and support the Commission has received over the years.
Vice Chairman Chief Mike Okpare headed the group from the National Economy. Kirk Leigh, Chief Operating Officer, Fadilah Ismail, Head of Advertisement, Bayo Amodu, Head of Stories, and Cees Harmon, General Editor, are among his colleagues on the delegation.