The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has appointed Dr. Henry Chukwudumeme Nkemadu as its new Director, Public Affairs (DPA).
His appointment, according to the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, “Is in line with the Commission’s policy of putting round pegs in round holes for optimum delivery of responsibilities especially now that the stakes are getting higher for the Commission’s regulatory oversight.”
Nkemadu has had a rewarding opportunity of traversing the entire telecom regulatory ecosystem which experience he will find handy as the new spokesman of the Commission, Danbatta added.
Nkemadu who is a consummate communicator, joined the NCC as Principal Manager in Business Development in September 2003 with responsibilities as strategist for the Department, evaluating, regulating and managing all departmental requirements. He handled proposals on capacity building initiatives in liaison with international agencies for capacity building. He became a full Director, a few weeks ago.
He, holds multiple degrees/certificates in several disciplines from three Universities both in Nigeria and the United States of America (USA). He has transversed several Departments within the NCC and garnered wide and varied experience in the workings of the Commission.
He was Deputy Director/Head, Special Intervention Projects of the Project Department where he superintended the initiation, planning, execution, monitoring/control and close out of intervention projects carried out by the Commission. These projects provide the necessary tools such as ICT hardware, software, power systems, contents, specialized computer programmes, connectivity as well as enabling infrastructure and buildings in a shared manner to bridge the digital information knowledge gaps enabling familiarity and confidence in the utilization of ICTs in teaching, research, innovation and learning schools and tertiary institutions.
He had earlier served as a Deputy Director/Head of Emerging Technologies Research, Research and Development Department of NCC from January 2017, where he coordinated and synchronized the various ongoing and other research activities in the Commission to assess the effectiveness of the regulatory decisions and actions. He also ensured a systematic investigation to establish facts or principles or collects information on any subject of importance to the Commission and the ICT industry. He conducted researches on current industry issues and trends to assess the effectiveness of regulatory decisions and actions.
He has been Deputy Director/Head of Policy and Research Unit, Competition and Economic Analysis from 2014-2016 with the responsibility to coordinate Policy and Research functions of the NCC.