By Temmy Don
Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, prof Umar Danbatta and his entire management team have heaped praise on the Commission’s retired Head of Media Management and Public Relations, Sonny Aragba-Akpore, describing him as a man with uncommon knowledge and professionalism in discharging his duties.
Aragba-Akpore, who left his office as Information and Communications Technology/News editor at the Guardian Newspaper, in 2014 to join the Commission, is said to be a major factor in the positive media image the regulator enjoyed throughout his time at the commission.
At a valedictory party held in his honour, Danbatta, commended the level of professionalism Aragba-Akpore brought into his work at the Commission.
The EVC who was represented by the Director, Projects, Abigail Sholanke, said Aragba-Akpore used his many years of industry experience and knowledge as a media professional and corporate communication manager to create a robust relationship with both mainstream and online media stakeholders, which, contributed significantly to the overall positive image and favourable public perception of NCC.
He said: “On behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of the commission, we wish you a successful retirement and fruitful engagements in your future endeavours”.
Also, the Director, Public Affairs of the commission, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, said: “within the short time I worked with Mr. Aragba-Akpore, I found him to be a man of uncommon passion for his work. We, therefore, wish you increased divine favour, as you retire from the services of the Commission.”
Other staff of the Commission, including directors, deputy directors, middle management staff, among others, took turns to talk about the favourable working relationship they had with Aragba-Akpore while at the NCC and wished him well in his retirement life.
Responding, Aragba-Akpore expressed gratitude to the Management and Staff of the Commission for their support and cooperation during his service and for organising a valedictory ceremony in his honour.
According to him: “This is one event I will not forget in a hurry. Indeed, I feel I am very lucky and singularly blessed and very appreciative of the privilege to work with a leading telecoms regulator like the NCC. For me, it is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said.