Danbatta calls for domestication of GIGF activities, benefits

July 12th, 2019

Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, has called for the domestication of the activities and benefits of Global Internet Governance Forum (GIGF).

Danbatta made the disclosure at the 8th edition of the Nigerian Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) which took place at Muson Centre, Lagos on Thursday.

He said: “To achieve an efficient and effective identification of potential challenges, implementation of policies and functional stakeholder engagement, there was a need to domesticate the activities and benefits of the Global Internet Governance Forum (GIGF). This is carried out through both the regional African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) and the sub-regional West African Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF),” Danbatta stated.

The theme of the forum was “Enabling Digital Commonwealth for Development”.

Danbatta who was represented by the Deputy Director, New Media in NCC, Engr. Chidi Diugwu, disclosed that the Internet Governance Forum was established in July 2006 for policy dialogue on issues and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.

“Internet Governance Forum was established in July 2006 for policy dialogue on issues and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet,” Danbatta said.

Danbatta also said NIGF was designed to deal with the challenges and policy issue as it relates to the local use of the Internet.

“The Nigerian Internet Governance Forum deals with the activities and issues of one hundred and nineteen (119) million Internet Subscribers.”

Speaking further he said “To put this in perspective, when the NIGF 2018 was held, there were one hundred and three (103) million Internet subscribers representing an increase of sixteen (16) million subscribers. But there is much more to these figures simply because each and every one of these active users is connected to as many others as are socially desired.”

“You would recall that at this forum last year, I mentioned a major regulation intervention designed to increase internet usage namely licencing of infrastructures (Infracos). So I am pleased to remark that by end of December 2018, we have collectively achieved more than 30% broadband penetration. We are delighted at this achievement even though now facing corresponding challenges in the sense that there is a lot of impact at all levels of Internet Governance, namely: NIGF, WAIGF, AfIGF, and Global IGF.

“For us as a responsive regulator we must not only be professionally dealing with the ensuing challenges but also must be seen to be contributing to holding every Internet user accountable to their behaviour.

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