The appointment of the executive vice chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Danbatta has been extended by President Muhammadu Buhari, the ministry of communications and digital economy has announced.
Spokesperson for the minister communications and digital economy, Uwa Sulaiman, revealed this in a statement she circulated on Friday.
The statement revealed that President Buhari approved the reappointment of the NCC boss upon recommendation by the ministry in line with the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003 “to consolidate the gains made in the telecommunications sector in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy.
“Professor Danbatta ’s reappointment was based on the recommendation of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, in line with the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003” the statement partly read.
By Femi Adesina
He told us he would be back at his desk soon. I believed it. But now, it would never happen. Not tomorrow, not next week, not forever. Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, has gone the way of all flesh.
Our last contact was on Friday, March 20, 2020.President Muhammadu Buhari was scheduled to meet with the Chairman of Ecowas Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, by 3 p.m. Such meetings hold in the diplomatic room of the presidential office complex. The protocol is that aides invited to attend any meeting must be seated 15 clear minutes before the President walked in.
I was in the diplomatic room at the required time. A seat had been designated for me, next to that of the Chief of Staff. Few minutes later, Mallam Abba (as he was often called by us) walked in. I rose to greet him. “Femi, how are you? They have said we should not shake hands again,” he responded. Rather jocularly, he extended his right foot. I touched his foot with my own, and we both laughed. Leg-shake, instead of handshake.
At the dot of 3 p.m (he does it like clockwork, the grand old soldier) the President walked in. We all rose to welcome him, as we would normally do. The Ecowas Commission boss had come to discuss the ensuing constitutional crisis in Guinea Conakry, which was to hold election that weekend. After 10 years in office, and at 82 years of age, President Alpha Conde, had insisted on running for another term in office, and he tinkered with the country’s Constitution to make himself eligible. The opposition was having none of it, and there was civil disobedience, in which some lives had been lost.