The Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies (MINILS) has recognized the outstanding contributions of Prof. Umar Danbatta, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), by bestowing upon him the prestigious Fellowship of the Nigeria Institute of Labour (NIL).
This accolade was presented during a special ceremony held in Abuja, marking the 40th Anniversary/Founders Day of the Institute.
Isa Aremu, the Director-General of MINILS, applauded Danbatta’s exemplary leadership and his team’s remarkable efforts in enhancing both the NCC and the national workforce.
In addition to Danbatta, Usman Malah, Director of Human Capital and Administration at the NCC, was also honored with a fellowship for his role in optimizing the Commission’s workforce.
Danbatta, represented by Malah at the event, emphasized the importance of supporting initiatives that improve the well-being of Nigerian workers through increased access to affordable telecom services.
He stressed that a digitally skilled workforce is crucial for Nigeria’s rapid development and productivity growth, pledging the Commission’s commitment to delivering affordable and widespread telecom services for the betterment of Nigerian workers.
Expressing gratitude for the recognition, Danbatta reaffirmed his dedication to empowering NCC staff, enhancing their skills, education, and capacity-building activities, as well as promoting robust broadband infrastructure to boost job creation and national productivity.
MINILS Director-General, Isa Aremu, commended the NCC for its role in advancing telecommunications services to enhance productivity and efficiency across various sectors of the economy.
Aremu acknowledged Danbatta’s pivotal role in transforming the nation’s digital landscape and lauded his commitment to narrowing the digital divide and creating employment opportunities in the telecommunications sector.
“We have witnessed the amazing transformation in terms of broadband penetration, Internet subscribers, and many other achievements recorded under the leadership of Prof. Danbatta as the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC and how the telecom sector, regulated by the Commission he leads, have improved national productivity,” Aremu said.
The anniversary event not only celebrated past achievements but also set the stage for a brighter future, emphasizing the significance of equitable labor practices, knowledge sharing, and continued collaboration among government agencies.
In addition to his new Fellowship at NIL, Prof. Umar Danbatta is a distinguished Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, the Renewable and Alternative Energy Society, the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, and the Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
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