Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Ndukwe to preside over AIM session in Geneva

Chief executive, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Dr. Ernest C. Ndukwe has been named the presiding officer at the forthcoming African Information Meeting (AIM) organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as part of its 2007 World Radio Congress (WRC-07) holding in Geneva at last quarter of this year.

Head, Public Affairs at NCC, Mr. Dave Imoko who disclosed this, noted that the World Radio Congress is the global meeting of experts that discuss and agree on proposals for various new applications, even as the 2007 edition would hold between October 22 and November 16.

He pointed out that the role of the Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) is to ensure the rational, equitable, efficient and economical use of the radio-frequency spectrum by all radiocommunication services, including those using the geostationary-satellite orbit, and to carry out studies on all frequency ranges without limitation on the basis of which recommendations are adopted.

Mr. Imoko also explained that AIM is a special forum organized by the ITU to enable African countries discuss and present the position of the continent on specific agenda issues, in order to finalise the African common proposal towards WRC-07.

He added that the AIM session is coming at the heels of the recent African preparatory meeting for WRC-07, hosted by Nigeria in Abuja and facilitated by the NCC.

The invitation to Dr. Ndukwe to chair the information meeting, he said, is not only an honour to him as a person but recognition of the role of Nigeria as an active member of the ITU.

Dr. Ndukwe has been a regular resource person at ITU organised events and has chaired a number of global meetings and committees of the ITU.

He is currently the Vice Chairman, the Telecom Development Advisory Group (TDAG) in the Development Bureau of the ITU and recently presided over the credential committee at the 2006 ITU Plenipotentiary conference in Antalia, Turkey.

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