The Senate has on Thursday, November 26, confirmed the appointment of Umar Dambatta as the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), in the same vein; it confirmed the appointment of Ahmed Lawan Kuru as the Managing Director, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).
Dambatta was appointed in acting capacity by President Muhammadu Buhari on August 4, following the expiration of the tenure of Dr. Eugene Juwah as NCC chief.
The statement issued by the Director of Public Affairs, NCC, Mr. Tony Ojobo disclosed that the confirmation on Thursday followed “thorough screening by the Senator Gilbert Nnaji -led Communication Committee, before the Committee of the whole affirmed Prof. Danbatta appointment for the next five years.”
The statement reads: “Before his appointment, he was the Acting Vice Chancellor, Kano State University of Science and Technology, Wudil.
“Born in Danbatta Local Government Council of Kano State, Prof. Danbatta obtained his BEng and MSc degrees from the Technical University of Wroclaw in Poland and his PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) UK respectively.
“He 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. His main responsibilities, in the university, included Deputy and Acting Dean of Students’ Affairs, Administrator of the Works Department and later, Director of the Centre for Information Technology (CIT).
“He was also a member of over 60 University committees and task forces, including numerous stints as Chairman. In administrative and other responsibilities outside the university, he has served on over 20 committees, prominent among which was his Chairmanship of the implementation Committee of pioneer Deputy and Acting Vice-chancellor when it took off in 2001. Prof. Danbatta has supervised more than 60 PhD, MEng and BEng projects in diverse areas of telecommunications.
“He has to his credit more than 50 articles in journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. He is also the author of a six-chapter, 167 – page book titled – Element of Static Engineering Electromagnetics.”