The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Umaru Danbatta as the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and Ahmed Kuru as the Managing Director of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).
The Senate, on Thursday also confirmed Kola Ayeye, Eberechukwu Uneze and Aminu Ismail, as AMCON executive directors.
Confirming the nominations, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Communications, Senator Gilbert Nnaji and the head of Committee on Banking, Insurance and Financial Institutions, Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim, assured that the nominees would deliver on the mandate of their respective agencies.
Meanwhile, the NCC has said that it is working to ensure that the Information and Communications Technology sector contributed more than 25 per cent to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product by 2025.
In a document made available to newsmen, Danbatta said:
“At the current contribution estimated at 10 per cent, this implies achieving additional 15 per cent over the next 10 years.
“This is by no means a very tall order, given what we have said about the competition sectors of the economy, which is for the good of the nation in the long run.”
Between 2011 and 2013, the telecommunications sector attracted about N1.9tn ($6bn) worth of investments, which accelerated the ICT sector’s contribution to an estimated 10 per cent, translating to some N9.9tn ($50bn).