By Benprince Ezeh
UMAR Danbatta, executive vice-chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has commended members of National Information Technology Reporters Association, NITRA, from across the country for their continuous coverage and reportage of the commission’s activities.
Danbatta stated this at a webinar organised by NITRA on Wednesday, October 14, adding that he was excited to speaker at the event attended by experts in the field of storytelling.
In his keynote address at NITRA virtual innovative tech forum webinar, Danbatta said that the innovative forum was another avenue for the commission to intimate members and the general public about the NCC’s plans for an economic reboot following disruptions caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic.
“I am indeed delighted to be in the midst of ladies and gentlemen who possess the skills for reporting, interpreting, and translating our activities into a language that our stakeholders appreciate. More importantly, your role has been critical in informing the public about the various policies implemented by the commission that subsequently prepared the industry for such an unpredictable pandemic.”
Speaking on the topic: “Multi-Stakeholder Approach to National Recovery Post-Pandemic”, he said there was no better time than now to talk about NCC’s preparedness in addressing the prevailing situation.
He observed that the first human cases of COVID-19 were initially reported in Wuhan City, China, in December 2019, and subsequently the Nigerian Government through the Federal Ministry of Health confirmed its first positive case of COVID-19 in Lagos on February 27, 2020.
According to him, coronavirus pandemic ravages global economies like a wild bush fire, incapacitating local businesses, upsetting the workforce and rendering governments numb as the search for a long-term credible solution continues.
“The pandemic has had a widespread impact across different countries in varying degrees, exposing the frailties of even the most advanced nations.
“I must emphasize that Africa, and Nigeria in particular, is really lucky to have escaped the devastation and loss of human lives that have been recorded in developed countries like China, Spain, UK, Italy, and even The United States as a result of the pandemic,” he said.
Oct 15 2020 @ 19:13 GMT