OrderPaperToday – In preparation toward the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Telecom World Conference, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced it will be contesting for two positions at the world body.
Nigeria will be contesting for two (2) positions: the ITU Administrative Council and the Director, in charge of the Bureau for Telecommunications Development (BDT) which Mr. Williams Ijeh is contesting for.
The Director of Public Affairs of the NCC made the announcement in a press statement on Thursday, as he revealed that the commission is planning to build on the success recorded at the last ITU conference in South Korea.
The theme of ITU Telecom Conference 2018 is “Innovation for smarter Digital Development” and will be holding in Durban, South Africa in September.
Nigeria’s delegation will be led by Communications Minister, Adebayo Shittu; the Chairman of NCC Board, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye; Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) NCC,  Prof. Umar  Danbatta.
Ojobo noted that the commission’s  participation will focus on attracting new investors to the much sought broadband segment of the sector.  These investors will deepen Nigeria’s quest for pervasive broadband whose penetration level currently stands at 22%.

In April, NCC Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, presented Nigeria’s position at a dinner for ITU Secretary General, Officials of the Global Regulatory Bodies, Ministers, Regulators and Global dignitaries in Geneva Switzerland, the statement said.

Prof. Danbatta told the high profile audience that Nigeria is one of the highest financial contributors to ITU in the African region and is a major player in ITU Telecom World activities for many years and therefore solicited for support towards its aspirations.
In 2017, NCC won the Most Valuable Partner for its commitment and participation at ITU Telecom World events over the years, while Nigeria got a Certification of Appreciation for the ITU Telecom World 2017 National and Thematic Pavilion as well as loyal participation and supporters of the yearly ITU Telecom World events over the years.
Nigeria also won government award for being the government with the most innovative Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) included as part of the nation’s pavilion.


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