Airtel Nigeria, and other stakeholders in the Nigerian telecommunications industry on Friday, September 30, 2016, held a special reception in honour of the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC)/Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta.
The event which was held at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, provided an opportunity for players in the industry to spotlight some of the challenges confronting telecoms services and its providers in Nigeria.
Prof Danbatta’s experience in the telecom regulatory sector spans the academia, as a university don and the industry where he once serviced as Vice President of the NCC-owned Digital Bridge Institute (DBI).
Professor Dambatta, who specialized with a Ph.D in Electronics Engineering, is not new to the telecom industry and telecom regulation and was until recently, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil until his appointment as the Executive Vice Chairman, NCC.
He takes over from Dr. Eugene Juwah, whose five year tenure at the NCC ended July 28, 2015. Professor Dambatta an accomplished academician of repute, has served as a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology Bayero University, Kano for 28 years, where he taught courses in telecommunications engineering, and electronics and held academic positions of Dean of the Faculty and Head of Department at different times.
The NCC boss was born in Danbatta Local Government Council of Kano State, obtained his Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Science, and Ph.D degrees from the Technical University of Wroclaw in Poland, and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology UK, respectively.
Professor Dambatta also held high profile administrative responsibilities, including Chairmanship of the Implementation Committee of Kano State University of Science & Technology, and subsequently became its pioneer Deputy, and Acting Vice-Chancellor when it took off in 2001.
He had served two terms of five years as a Member of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), is also a COREN registered engineer and member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).