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Nigeria seeks re- election to International Telecommunications Union(ITU)

Bukola Afeni

 
Nigeria has announced its intent to seek re-election to International Telecommunications Union( ITU ) Council during the forthcoming Plenipotentiary Conferences.
 According to the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, having Nigeria re-elected will help the country to continue to collaborate with and support ITU’s development agenda, ensure effective and efficient implementation of ITU Resolutions, implement inclusive programmes to foster universal use of ICT across all divides, and provide a focused and strategic partnership.
Danbatta stated this while addressing global actors in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry at the ongoing session of the ITU Council taking place in person at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from March 21-31, 2022.
The EVC  said the country is looking forward to a robust Council session and subsequent support for Nigeria during the forthcoming elections.
The ITU is governed by the Plenipotentiary Conference and the Administrative Council. The Plenipotentiary Conference is the supreme organ of the Union. It is the decision-making body that determines the direction of the Union and its activities.
“The Council, on the other hand, acts as the Union’s governing body in the interval between Plenipotentiary Conferences. Its role is to consider broad telecommunication policy issues to ensure that the Union’s activities, policies and strategies fully respond to today’s dynamic, rapidly-changing telecommunications environment.”
The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference for this year is scheduled to take place in Bucharest, Romania, from Monday, September 26 to October 14, 2022
The Nigerian Communications Commission’s (NCC) vast experience as a long-standing member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has served as a booster to the Commission in its effective implementation of government policies, and in stimulating regulatory initiatives focused on advancing Nigeria’s digital transformation.

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