President Muhamadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Professor Umaru Garba Danbatta as the new Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Prof. Danbatta a Doctorate Degree holder in Electronic Engineering, takes over from Dr. Eugene Juwah whose tenure expired on July 29, 2015.
The new NCC Chief Executive’s other academic qualifications include a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications as well as a Masters Degree in the same field.
He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and has had a meritorious career in which he rose to become Professor of Electrical Engineering and Electronics at Bayero University, Kano, specializing in Telecommunications Engineering and Information and Communications Technology.
Before his new appointment, Prof. Danbatta held top management and leadership positions at different times including Head of Department, Dean Of Faculty, Director, Centre for Information Technology, Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (Kano Branch), Deputy Vice Chancellor and Acting Vice Chancellor.
Danbatta was the Vice President of the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), an International Centrefor Advanced Communications Studies, which was established in the year 2004 by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to build capacity for the Nigerian/African telecom industry in the diverse areas of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
While at DBI, he has developed expertise in the following major areas of ICT implementation, policy and regulation: Regulation of the Telecommunications Sector of the Nigerian Economy; Competition, Interconnection and Price Regulations in a Developing Economy; Issues concerning Authorization of Telecommunications Services in a Developing Economy; Strategies for ensuring Universal Access and Service to Telecommunications Services.
Others are: Strategies towards Effective Spectrum Management in a Developing Economy; Issues on Institutional and Legal Framework for Effective Regulation of Telecommunications Services; and New and Emerging Technologies and Impact on Regulation of the Telecommunications Sector of a Developing Economy.
Prof. Danbatta once served as a member of the Implementation Committee of the Northwest University Kano, and became the pioneer Deputy and Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil when it took off in 2001.
His appointment as Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC is for five years in the first instance.