March 13, 2018 4:38 pm|
The Federal Government has solicited for the support of other African Telecommunications Union (ATU) member states to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), to ensure Nigeria is re-elected into the ITU’s administrative council seat.
The Minister of Communication Technology, Adebayo Shittu made the call for support at the second in Abuja on Tuesday at African Preparatory (APM) for International Telecommunication Union (lTU) 2018 Plenipotentiary Conference (PP 18) scheduled to take place in Dubai later this year.
“The minister said the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference is the key event at which Member States decide on the future role of the organisation thereby determining the organization ability to influence and effect the development of Telecommunications/ICT worldwide.
“I understand that the Plenipotentiary conference is the top policy-making body of the ITU held every four years, the conference; Sets the union general policies; Adopts four-year strategic and financial plans and; Elect the senior management team of the organisation, members of council and the members of the Radio Regulation Board (RRB),” he stated.
“As you are also aware that the ITU will be conducting election into various elective positions at the ITU 2018 Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-18) later this year, i am pleased to inform you that, Nigeria will be presenting itself for re-election into the Administrative Council seat as well as presenting Mr William ljeh for election as Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union (lTU) during the ITU 2018 Plenipotentiary Conference to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirate in October/November. l therefore wish to seek you unflinching support for Nigeria twin candidature,” Said Shittu
He noted that the calibre of participants present at the Meeting, will bring forth outcome of immense benefit to the African Region and the World at large.
The Executive Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Umar Danbatta in his address said the importance of the gathering cannot be understated when considering the ITU Framework and Plenipotentiary
process, adding that the meeting will p rovide the necessary impetus for Africa to articulate various proposals and agree a common position.
“This meeting sets the tone for our gathering here and I am confident that the deliberations that will take place in the next 3 days will further enhance Africa’s common position at PP-18.
He notes that Nigeria sees the work of ITU as integral to the development of ICT in Africa and in tune with its focus of achieving ubiquitous Broadband deployment that will in turn lead to sustainable socio-economic development of its citizenry.
“This we believe can only be achieved through continued and deepened partnerships of which the ITU provides the most ideal platform. The challenges posed by the development of new technologies cannot be over emphasized but we are all in agreement that the benefits far outstrip whatever risks we may face.
“Nigeria has witnessed phenomenal growth in its ICT sector and acknowledges the support of the ITU in the country’s ICT evolution. Nigeria has been a long standing member of the ITU council and has always seen itself as a flag bearer for the interest of Africa and other developing Nations as a whole. To this end, and with your support we wish to continue the good work we have been doing over the past decades.”
He urge participants to harness their expertise and experiences to overcome differences to enable them synthesize well-articulated and impactful common proposals that will ensure Africa’s participation at PP-18 while producing the necessary strategies to ensure the digital divide in the continent which is significantly reduced with Africa not just being a major consumer of technology but a producer as well.