ITU: Nigeria Re-elected as Council Member
TECH DIGEST: Nigeria was re-elected as a Council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialised body that regulates international telecommunication operations, on Monday, in a clear indication of the crucial role that Nigeria is playing on the world telecom arena. Nigeria will take another seat on the Council from 2023 to 2026.
The highlight of the Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 (PP-22), which is taking place in Bucharest, the capital of the Republic of Romania, was the election of Nigeria and other nations on Monday, October 3, 2022, into the several regional groups that make up the ITU Council.
Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the honourable minister of communications and digital economy, successfully led the Nigerian delegation to the international event. Prof. Adeolu Akande, Chairman, Board of Commissioners, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, are additional members of the delegation.
The 12 representatives who would sit on the Radio Regulations Board (RRB) for the upcoming four years were chosen by the member states attending the conference, which began on September 26, 2022, and was expected to end on October 14, 2022.
The United Nations of America’s Doreen Bogdan-Martin was chosen by member states to serve as the organization’s new Secretary-General at the 21st Plenipotentiary Conference of the Council.
Bogdan-Martin, the first woman to lead ITU in its 157-year existence, will take office in January 2023, when Houlin Zhao will have finished his second and last term of four years as Secretary General. Like Nigeria and the nations voted to the Council, she will serve out her four-year term.