Engr. Ernest Chukwuka-Anene Ndukwe was born on 2nd September 1948. He attended to the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) where he obtained B.Sc in Electronics/Electrical Engineering in 1975. Thereafter, he attended a Satellite Communications course at Harris Corporation Training School, Melbourne, Florida, USA, where he obtained a Satellites Course Certificate and an Advance Course Certificate in 1976 and 1977 respectively and participated in the Chief Executive Programme (CEP) Lagos Business School in 1994.
Engr. Ndukwe is a professional Telecommunications Engineer with over 35 years of international experience in the telecommunications industry. He began a distinguished career in the private sector with Radio Communications Nigeria (RCN) Limited in 1976. He then proceeded to the United States of America for an in-service training with Harris Corporation in Melborne, Florida in August 1976. He returned to Nigeria in August 1977 to continue his career with RCN. He rose to become a maintenance supervisor in 1978 and assistant engineering manager in 1979. In January 1981, Engr. Ndukwe joined GEC Telecommunications as Engineering manager and the first Nigerian Engineer to be employed by the company. He became the Commercial Director in 1988 and Managing Director of the company in 1989. He was also involved in several industries initiatives engagement with government to encourage the liberalization of the telecom industry, as President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies if Nigeria (ATCON).
Engr. Ndukwe was appointed Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission by President in February 2000 and subsequently a member of the Board of the Commission, when the board was constituted on the 3rd of April 2000. After a meritorious first term, he was re-appointed for a second term of five years. Under his leadership the Commission has witnessed tremendous growth and transformation, which has resulted in the boom now associated with the Telecommunications industry in Nigeria. From tele-density of 0.4% and telephone active subscriber level of about 400,000 lines in 2000 the industry has transformed to one with a tele-density of about 56% and active connected lines of about 78.5 million by end of March 2010 when he left the office. The greatest legacy of Engr. Ndukweâ€™s tenor has been the democratization of the Communications access in Nigeria and making the benefits and impacts of ICT available to the masses. Engr Ndukwe is passionate about manpower development and learning. Thus led to the various capacity building programs of the NCC. These include the establishment of the Digital Bridge Institute and the various programs designed to equip schools and Universities with computer and internet facilities.
Engr. Ndukwe was a past Chairman of the Administrative Council of the African Telecommunications Union and past Chairman of the West African Telecom Regulators Assembly (WATRA), Vice Chairman of the Telecom Development Advisory Group of the International Telecommunications Union representing Nigeria, Fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineers, the Nigerian Institute of Management and Fellow, the Nigerian Academy of Engineering.
He is a recipient of several industry and civic awards, including the rank of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).
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