The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Professor Umar Garba Danbatta has acknowledged the great role played in the GSM revolution in Nigeria by an elder statesman, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, who died on August 13 at 91.
In a condolence message today, August 15, on behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of the NCC, Professor Danbatta said that late Ahmed Joda was a pillar of the NCC, having served as chairman of the board of its commissioners for ten years.
He said that the Commission will remember the legacy and the foundation which Ahmed Joda laid as the Chairman for a decade, and “how he led in setting the tone for the exponential growth in telecommunications service provision in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
“Born in Yola in 1930, Alhaji Joda was a retired first-class Federal Permanent Secretary, who served as the Chairman, Board of Commissioners of NCC for 10 years, commencing from 2001 when the commercial launch of Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) service started in Nigeria.
“The Board, under Joda’s 10 years chairmanship, set the tone and foundation for the digital revolution in Nigeria, which has positioned the sector as a major contributor and enabler to overall socio-economic and political transformation in the country till date.”
The NCC boss extolled the good virtues of Ahmed Joda, saying that he was a nation builder, a consummate statesman, an administrator per excellence, a dedicated philanthropist, an egalitarian patriot, a fountain of inspiration, an honest and hardworking person during his lifetime.
According to Danbatta, late Joda “will, indeed, be remembered by all Nigerians, particularly the staff of the Commission and the people of Adamawa State.
“Our thoughts and sympathy are with the entire family at this grieving period, while we pray for his soul to continue to rest in perfect peace. May the Almighty Allah grant him Jannatul firdaus and also give the entire family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences.”
Late Ahmed Joda was recipient of multiple national and international honours and other prestigious awards, recognizing his outstanding performance and contribution to the development of Nigeria.