The Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, who led a Federal Government delegation at the weekend to commiserate with the family of the late Alhaji Mukhtari Zimit, a former commissioner on the Board of NCC has described his death as painful and a great loss to the Commission.
Delivering a condolence message at the family residence of Zimit, Danbatta extolled the virtues of the deceased, describing him as a great contributor to the development of telecommunications industry in the country.
The NCC boss affirmed that “all of the achievements we are witnessing in the telecoms sector today were as a result of the handwork that the board of the NCC put in place during the tenure of Mukhtari Zimit,” adding that “indeed, the Commission has lost a very dear friend and a very important personality, who saw and participated in the important part that culminated in liberalization of the communications industry in general in the country.”
He attributed the role played by the Board of NCC, on which Zimit served as a member, in providing general policy directions as the policy organ of the Nigerian Communication Commission, towards the great reforms and transformation the country has witnessed over the past 20 years.
The EVC said, “This is the residence of the late Alh. Mukhtari Zimit, who just passed away. To many, who may not know, Alhaji Mukhtari Zimit was a one-time member of the governing board of the Nigerian Communication Commission. He served the Commission at the board level meritoriously for 11 years.
On the goodwill of the Federal Government to the bereaved family, Danbatta offered a cash donation of N2 million to the family while promising that the NCC will take necessary steps to immortalise the late Zimit.
Zimit served the Commission at the board level meritoriously for 11 years, making him a major contributor to key policies and reforms that resulted in the liberalisation and growth of the Nigeria’s telecommunications industry.