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L-R: Dr. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications & Digital Economy (Left); Mr. Kashifu Abdullahi, Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency and Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, NCC at the event.

Minister Pantami commends NCC for Consistent Regulation

 IT News Nigeria:

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), has commended Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for consistent regulation in spearheading regional and global initiatives that allow the country to make concrete contributions and inputs on issues bordering on telecoms networks standardisation within the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) community.

Pantami gave the commendation Monday while delivering his welcome address at 7th Study Group 13 (SG 13), ongoing Regional Workshop for Africa being hosted by the NCC at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. 

“With all sense of responsibility as the Minister of FMoCDE, I commend your consistency in handling the activities of ITU and other study groups of the FMoCDE. Your efforts are most appreciated.”

The four-day programme, focused on the theme: ‘Standardisation of Future Networks Towards Building a Better Connected Africa’, has a dual structure: a workshop by the SG 13 for Africa which commenced from 2-4, February 2020; and another special meeting by the Group scheduled for 5-6, February, 2020.

While addressing participants drawn from Nigeria and other African countries as well as officials of the ITU at the event, the Minister said the NCC’s role in being at the forefront of driving digital revolution for Nigeria is well noted.

Dr. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications & Digital Economy (Left) and Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, NCC at the event.

According to him, “I want to appreciate the efforts of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for representing the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy (FMoCDE) to coordinate these activities of the SG 13 of ITU in Nigeria. The effort is highly commendable.”

Speaking to the theme of the event, Pantami said standards are critical to the interoperability of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). He said the workshop is taking place at a time the Nigerian government, through the ministry, is making effort to reposition its focus and strategies on how to use new and emerging digital technologies to transform the socio-economic life and activities of the country and for its citizens to embrace a digital economy culture that would impact positively on the lives of the people.

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Pantami emphasised the need for Africa to position itself properly in order to be upbeat on the organising principles of developing appropriate standards for the future and next generation digital networks that support a digital economy ecosystem.

L-R: Mr. Bako Wakil, Director, Technical Standards & Network Integrity, NCC; Dr. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications & Digital Economy and Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, NCC at the event.

The Chairman, ITU SG 13, Simeon Bagudu, said the Group was established in 2008 to mobilise effective participation of Africa in the area of ICT standardisation. He enthused that the participation of Nigeria in the regional Group and in other ITU events and programmes has been ‘very remarkable.’ 

The ITU operates through its three sectors namely the Radiocommunications Sector (ITU-R), Standardisation Sector (ITU-T), and Development Sector (ITU-D). The Standardisation Sector through its study groups and World Telecommunications Standardisation Assembly (WTSA) uses experts from around the world to prepare, deliberate and develop international standards known as ITU-Recommendations, which act as defining elements in the global infrastructure of information and communication technologies (ICTs).

The work of Africa Regional Groups in each of the Study Groups of ITU-T, such as the SG 13, comes under the ITU-T Sector. The SG 13 was established in 2008 to bridge the standardisation gap among African countries.

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