By Yinka Okeowo
The telecom industry regulator, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has been specially recognized as the MDA with the Best Website for the Year at the Maiden Edition of Nigerian Online Merit Award in Lagos.
The event which was put together by NiOMA had in attendance several industry stakeholders including Mr. Ernest Ndukwe, chairman at the event and former EVC at NCC; Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh, chairman of Zinox Group; Lady Maiden Ibru, the publisher of the Guardian Newspaper; Prof Wale Omole, the chairman of the Editorial Board, Guardian Newspaper; Mr. Eze Anaba, Editor, Vanguard Newspaper; and others.
Receiving the Award on behalf of Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, executive vice chairman of NCC, Abraham Oshadami, Head of Information Technology told newsmen that he was delighted for the Commission to have been recognised for it’s good deeds over the year.
“The website is always updated with the correct statistics which serve as a point of reference for many persons. If you look at the content of our website you will know that this Award is deserving.
Remember, this is not the first Award we are getting. The Web Jurist Award also went to the NCC, so, there is no doubt about it, as these are different bodies, giving us the same Award.”
According to verdict by a panel of independent judges, NCC’s website was the most interactive, when compared with those of other MDA’s.
“In a survey conducted on the MDA’s websites, NCC web presents the most interactive, current, relevant and error-free site, aside from its unique design and simplicity,” organizers said.
NCC’s response to website visitors found to be within the threshold of globally acceptable turnaround time; when it was tested it surpassed other MDA’s especially in terms social media effectiveness.
“NCC makes effective use of its social media in the management of its audience, which cuts across diverse demographics. Its social channels – Facebook page, Twitter handle and Instagram record huge followership”, the organisers observed.”
Others who were awarded at the event include Mr. Adebayo Shittu, who heads the ministry of communications, who bagged the Minister of The Year Award; Zinox Group boss, won the ICT Icon of the Year, and Access Bank won the Best Bank Website of the Year.
At the Award Night, Ekeh delivered a lecture on “Leveraging the internet revolution, to leapfrog Nigeria’s development”, in which he called identified the strategies and actionable plans to transform the development of the country by leveraging the internet.
He emphasized the need to be connected in Nigeria as internet remains the backbone for any economy that wants to grow, explaining that the use of the internet will provide opportunities for growth in all different sectors of the economy.