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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

ATCON, ALTON support forum on taxation, clean environment

The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and the Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) have given their supports to the on-coming conference on taxation and cleaner environment scheduled for next month in Lagos.

The conference is being coordinated by three media organisations in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector includes AIT-Infotech network, Tribe Media, owners of TribeTimes, eWorld Magazine and Know How Media, publishers of IT Edge News.Com.

In a press statement made available to ITRealms Online, the coordinator, Mr. Aaron Ukodie, quoted acting Executive Secretary, ATCON, Mr. Ajibola Olude, the association commended the initiative and the extent to which the three media houses have moved the idea.

ATCON President, Mr. Titi Omo-Ettu, was quoted as saying that he considered the issue for discussion as timely.

On the other hand, ALTON said its chairman, Mr. Gbenga Adebayo, would work with the conference coordinators to rally key players that are relevant to the issues slated for discussion. Mr. Ukodie also disclosed that efforts have been made to involve the chairman of the Joint Tax Board so as to ensure that the issues slated for discussion are given the required attention and policy consideration.

According to him, the pursuit of greener and healthier environment is a topical issue in the global arena and no effort is too much to ensure the right awareness is created and effective and efficient policies are articulated to achieve the objective.

The conference, scheduled to hold in Sheraton Lagos on July 30, 2010, he said, would focus on how to promote the deployment, usage and management of environmentally friendly technologies and appropriate taxation in the sector.

The conference’s theme is: ICT and the Nigerian Environment 2010: Appropriate Taxation and Promotion of Healthy Environmentally Friendly Technologies.

The underlining call for the conference is that ICT applications, power and transportation are some of three main areas which contribute to the bulk of environmental emissions. In Nigeria the growth of ICT and its infrastructure are beginning to pose a challenge to the environment as it relates to safety, health and economic growth.


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