By Angeleen Nkwocha
The Minister of Communications Bar. Adebayo Shittu has commended the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for its contributions to the growth of Information Communication Technology around the world especially in Africa.
The Minister stated this on Tuesday in Abuja at the African Preparatory Meeting (APM) for International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 2018 which brought together ITU member states to deliberate on the agenda of ITU 2018 Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-18), to determine the organization’s ability to influence and effect the development of Telecommunications worldwide which will be held in Dubai, United Emirates from 29th October-16th November, 2018.
Shittu said Nigeria will be presenting itself for re-election into the Administrative Council seat, adding that the conference is the top policy-making body of the ITU held every four years to set the union’s general policies, adopt four year strategic and financial plans as well as elect the senior management team of the organization.
Speaking at the event the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta said the meeting will provide the necessary impetus for Africa to articulate various proposals and agree on a common position, that will help achieve broadband deployment, develop ICT in Africa and as well enhance Africa’s common position at PP-18 as Nigeria hosts the ITU.
“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”, he said.
Danbatta while acknowledging the support of the ITU in the country’s ICT evolution said Nigeria has harnessed phenomenal growth in its ICT sector and has been a long standing member of the ITU council and a flag bearer for the interest of Africa and other developing Nations as a whole.