Wednesday, February 24, 2010

NCC reaffirms support for Digital Sense forum ‘10

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reaffirmed support for the Nigeria Digital Sense Forum following the Commission’s endorsement of the 2010 edition.

The Nigeria Digital Sense Forum is an annual public engagement and enlightenment forum of Digital Sense Africa (DSA), an initiative of Remnek Kommunications Ventures in affiliation with some continental media.

Announcing this development in Lagos, the Executive Director, Operations for Digital Sense Africa, Mrs. Nkemdilim Nweke, said the news of the support by NCC came in good time and would encourage the organization and intending corporate participation.

She said that the news was broken by the Assistant Director, Public Relations at NCC, Mr. Reuben Muoka.

According to her, Muoka while announcing the news said the support was premised on the success of the 2009 edition, which turned out interesting issues relevant to the country and the Internet community precisely.

She commended NCC for steering the country aright through people oriented policies and looks forward to active participation of the Commission in the 2010 edition.

Mrs. Nweke recalled that her office had explained that the 2010 edition of the forum will hold in second quarter of this year, precisely Friday, April 16 at the Golden Gate Ikoyi-Lagos.

The DSA boss noted that the timing of the forum follows the need to sell Nigeria’s position to the West African countries, stressing that it would enable the country to articulate her position properly before the regional Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

As said by her, other West African countries, must be carried along in the nation’s bid to ensure that her own interest is well represented in the global session of the Internet Governance Forum.

The global IGF for this year, she pointed out, is coming much earlier than that of last year, thus, the choice to hold the Nigeria Digital Sense forum in April.

Additionally, Mrs. Nweke said that this year’s theme of the forum would be on ‘Five Years of IGF, the Way Forward for Nigeria.’

She emphasized that following the success of 2009 edition, it befitting to make certain the 2010 edition takes place in good time in order to ensure that those stakeholders planning to be at this year’s Internet Governance Forum, would have most of the subject that needed trashing at heart.

Equally, she said, plans have been advanced to ensure that this edition improves on the intentions of stakeholders ahead of last year’s records.

Nigeria Digital Sense forum, she said, avails stakeholders the needed platform to articulate a stand on Internet Governance and accurately align the nation’s position into the global Internet Governance Forum holding in Vilnius, Lithuania between September 14 and 17, 2010.

The forum, she said, was initiated as part of efforts at always stimulating outlook and enlightenment on Nigeria’s position on the global annual Internet Governance Forum, which is in its fifth year.

She called to mind the fact that 2009 edition was presided over by chairman of the pioneer Internet Service Provider, Linkserve Group, Chief Chima Apugo Onyekwere with the participation of the Federal Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Mrs. Dora Akunyili and Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, who were both adequately represented at the forum.

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