From left: Chairman, EFCC, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, presents Ambassadorial badge to the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta during a courtesy visit by the NCC -boss in Abuja, Thursday.

Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa has crowned the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta with an ambassadorial badge.

Director, Public Affairs of the NCC, Reuben Muoka, in a statement said this is in recognition of his effort toward entrenching a culture of anti-corruption in the communications industry.

Bawa presented the badge to Danbatta yesterday in Abuja when the latter paid a courtesy visit to his office to deepen the synergy between the two agencies.

Recall that the NCC, under the leadership of Prof. Danbatta has been in the vanguard of promoting transparency and openness with the strengthening of its Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit in line with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission ICPC Act.

The ICPC in 2020 ranked the NCC above other departments and agencies of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy MoCDE.

The NCC topped the list among three other agencies under the ministry, which featured in the intra-ministerial agencies’ ranking in ethics compliance and institutional integrity with 81.15 per cent.

Similarly, the Commission led 24 other regulatory agencies to emerge as the most ethically-compliant parastatal among 25 different regulatory agencies assessed in the anti-graft agency’s Ethics Compliance and Integrity Scorecards ECIS, 2020.

In 2017, the Bureau of Public Service Reforms BPSR awarded the NCC the topmost Platinum recognition for its institutional work processes, courtesy of its robust business organizational structure, policies, and practices that facilitated effective and efficient service delivery.

In arriving at this conclusion, the BPSR also listed accountabilities and responsibilities for setting Standardised Operating Procedure SOP manuals of the Commission’s 19 departments as some of the high points.

In the same vein, the NCC’S Computer Security Incident Response Team NCC-CSIRT has been at the forefront of rolling out series of preventive measures in the country, helping in the process to curbing cyber-related crimes.