Friday , June 21 2024

Glitz and glamour as Engineering Body Honours NCC

The tempo of activities was unusually high at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, recently when the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest professional bodies in the engineering field in the country, honoured the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for contributing to the development of the nation’s economy. 
Eminent personalities from all walks of life, especially the giants in the telecommunications sector, gathered at the famous Lagos Hotel to honour and celebrate the agency responsible for the vibrant regulation of the telecommunications industry in Nigeria.
 They all came from far and nearfor the 2021 Academy Technology Dinner/Lecture, where outstanding performances in the sector are recognized and honoured.

Receiving the award of recognition on behalf of the NCC, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, said that NCC is delighted to have been recognised for the modest contribution to the activities of the Academy and to the advancement of the nation’s economic development.

At the event which had the Minister of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, as Special Guest of Honour, Danbatta also spoke about the various interventions the Commission has been making through its concerted initiatives such as the Digital Awareness Programme (DAP) for secondary schools and Advanced Digital Appreciation Programme for Tertiary Institutions (ADAPTI) for tertiary education across Nigeria.
The visibly elated EVC said:”On behalf of the Board, Management and the entire staff of the Nigerian Communications Commission, I wish to express our appreciation to the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. We see this gesture as an acknowledgement of the little efforts we are making towards the progress of the NAE.” 
It is on record that Danbatta, who is a Fellow of the Academy and has, since becoming the EVC of NCC in 2015, remarkably stepped up NCC’s engagements with the academia and other professional institutions in science and technology towards advancing the socio-economic development of Nigeria.

On his part, the President of NAE, Engr. Alex Ogedengbe, explained  that the award was presented in recognition and appreciation of its support of the activities of the academy towards enhancing economic development.
According to him, the NAE is a not-for-profit and non-governmental organisation established for the purpose of promoting excellence in technological and engineering training and practice to ensure the technological growth and economic development in Nigeria.
The  President commended the NCC Management for supporting the objectives of the NAE, which he said, are “To promote excellence in and the advancement of science, engineering, technology and innovation for the development of the economy and humanity.”
According to him, the NAE also facilitates dissemination and exchange of ideas among members and other similar bodies and establishments.
At the  event, which was attended in strict compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols, Prof. Sam Adefila, who was the Guest Speaker  spoke on the technical theme of the annual lecture titled: “H20, The Peculiar Features of Earth’s Most Abundant Compound.”

 At the annual Academy Technology Dinner/Lecture, Fellows of the Academy are drawn from a broad spectrum of engineering discipline, occupation and geographical location and include very senior Nigerian and foreign engineering professionals, who have distinguished themselves in professional practice, business, academia and government.

About Ayinla Muritala

Agbede is a seasoned Journalist with more than a decade experience as the fourth estate of the realm. He is a graduate of Mass Communication from the Univeristy of Ilorin and currently freelance with few of the Nigerian Dailies.

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