Nigeria hosts ITU 2018 second African Preparatory Meeting

Na’ankwat Dariem


The Nigerian government through the Ministry of Communication in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), this week, in Abuja, hosted the 2nd African Preparatory Meeting (APM) towards the 2018 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference.

The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta at the opening ceremony called on Africa countries to synergized and present proposals that would expand investment and promote local content in the telecom sector of the continent.

Prof Umar explained that the meeting was aimed at synchronizing Africa’s position as well as deliberating on the potentials of Africa ahead of 2018 Plenipotentiary conference due to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 29th October to 16th November, 2018.

 “The importance of this gathering cannot be understated when considering the ITU framework and Plenipotentiary process. This meeting will provide impetus for Africa to deliberate on various proposals and agree on a common position.

Prof Umar stated that Nigeria is aspiring for a position in the council of ITU as Director Bureau of Telecommunication Development, BDT.

“A Nigerian is aspiring to become the next director of the Bureau of Telecommunication Development, Mr. Williams Ejih, we are trying to galvanize support for his candidature on this position because of its importance to the African continent.

The ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau targets developing countries; therefore it is important to have a Nigerian occupying this seat because of the opportunity of telecommunication development it brings to this part of the of the world.

It is good to have a candidate from your own part of the African continent, so strategies, election, policy formulation for the next four years are the major features of the ITU,” he concluded.

While on a working visit to the Nigerian Communications Commission Head Quarters in Abuja, the Secretary General of the Information Technology Union, ITU, Mr.  Houlin Zhao urged Nigeria to develop and invest in Small and Medium Enterprises in the Information Technology sector.

Mr Zhao emphasized on the need to create more platforms to promote young innovators which will in turn improve the economy and increase job opportunities.