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Nigeria re-elected as ITU council member, American now Sec. Gen.

By Adeyemi Adepetun
05 October 2022   |   3:00 am
In recognition of the critical role Nigeria is playing on the global telecoms stage, the country was re-elected, yesterday, as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union

Nigeria’s communications and digital economy minister Isa Pantami

In recognition of the critical role Nigeria is playing on the global telecoms stage, the country was re-elected, yesterday, as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialised agency that oversees global telecommunication operations.

Nigeria will serve on the council again from 2023-2026.

The election of Nigeria and other countries into different regional groups that constitute ITU Council was the highpoint of the Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 (PP-22), ongoing in Bucharest, the capital city of the Republic of Romania.

The Nigerian delegation was led to the event by Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.

Other members of the delegation include the Chairman, Board of Commissioners of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Adeolu Akande, and the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta.

At the conference, which started on September 26, 2022 and scheduled to end on October 14, 2022, member states voted on the composition of the next ITU Council and the 12 representatives to serve on the Radio Regulations Board (RRB) for the next four years.

The 21st Plenipotentiary Conference also saw the election by member states, of Doreen Bogdan-Martin of the United States of America as the organisation’s next Secretary-General.

Like Nigeria and the countries elected into the council, Bogdan-Martin, as the first woman to lead ITU in its 157-year history, will begin her four-year term from January 2023, when Houlin Zhao would have completed his second final term of four years in office as ITU Secretary General.

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