The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr. Eugene Juwah, has commended the management of DigitalSENSE Africa Media Limited for its consistency in hosting the Internet Governance for Development.
Juwah spoke at the two-day 2014 edition of the Nigeria DigitalSENSE forum series in Lagos, with the theme: ‘Internet Governance, e-Biz and Open Access in Nigeria and IPv6 and Broadband Penetration’.
In his keynote address, Juwah who was represented at the event by the Deputy Director, Projects at NCC, Mr. Bashir Idris, commended DigitalSENSE Africa for providing the relevant platform to address very topical issues.
“We believe these are healthy for the quest to create the needed awareness among the stakeholders and beneficiaries of the potential in the industry.
“The reason for this is to ensure that NCC impacts on discussions and decisions on global trends and regulations that evolve in the dynamic ICT space.”
“This is why we are now paying more attention, and participating in the activities of the International Telecommunications Union, which is the global regulator of the telecom industry,” he said.
The Internet Governance Forum, he emphasised, is particularly of interest to NCC, which has currently raised a team in the commission that is taking part in all the Internet governance discussions taking place around Africa and beyond.
“The reason is to ensure that our interest as a nation is fully represented at these discussions and to also ensure that we have first-hand knowledge of how best to exploit the potential that abounds on the Internet,” said Juwah.
Earlier, the Executive Director, Operations at DigitalSENSE Africa, Mrs. Nkemdilim Nweke, earlier said the platform was created for Nigerian internet stakeholders to converge annually to raise and address germane issues concerning the ICT. “This is with particular reference to computing, Internet governance-related issues towards helping to further advance Nigeria in the ever-rapidly advancing phenomenon of global ICT,” she said.