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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Anibaba to connect rural communities Africa-06

Remmy Nweke

Nigerian newly appointed Minister of Communications, Dr. Obafemi Anibaba, has been confirmed as a special guest of honour to declare open this year’s Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), tagged “Connecting Rural Communities Africa 2006”.

It would be recalled that few weeks back, Dr. Anibaba who was formerly Minister of Works swapped position with the Chief Cornelius Adebayo, following a cabinet reshuffle by President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Scheduled to hold between October 10 and 12 at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, the event to be hosted by Nigerian Ministry of Communications, CTO said that the event is dedicated to sustainable Information and Communications Technology (ICT) development in the rural areas in Africa.

CTO informed Highway Africa News Agency (HANA) informed that an array of speakers drawn from various sectors of the telecommunications industry which have been lined up for the event.
According to officials of CTO, this was achieved with the assistance of the Nigerian Ministry of Communications.

CTO also expressed hope that the event intends to advance strategies and practical approaches to connecting the over 80 per cent of Africa’s population which lives in rural the areas.

The organisers of the event further promised that with the kind of sponsorship being enjoyed already by CTO, such as Nokia and Ericsson, participants are expected to continue to contribute to the development of ICT in the region.

Focusing on selected key areas, the Abuja CTO-06 would see speakers and stakeholders deliberating on government case studies and projects, mobile and satellite communication development, universal service funds, best practice regulatory perspectives.

Equally, the event would feature speakers from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority, Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), Celtel Africa and the African Development Bank (ADB) among others.

CTO was created in 1901 as an international development partnership between Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth governments, business and civil society organisations, providing effective channels towards bridging the digital divide and enthroning socio-economic development, especially to developing countries.

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