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Monday, April 18, 2011

Former minister, Ige to preside Nigeria IPV6 Roundtable’11

The Chairman Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), Chief Olawale Ige will on June 8, this year preside over the first of its kind, the Nigeria Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPV6) Roundtable to be hosted by DigitalSENSE Africa in Lagos.

According to the Executive Director, DigitalSENSE Africa, Mrs. Nkemdilim Nweke, the one-day roundtable for stakeholders of the Nigerian Internet community will be held at the Digital Bridge Institute (DBI) Lagos campus located at the former NITEL Training School Cappa-Oshodi.

She said that Chief Ige, a former Minister of Communications of repute, has confirmed his participation and readiness for the event.

She recalled that Chief Ige, a fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) was the Minister of Communication in 1990 and has been severally described as a Telecom Bridge Builder with over 35 years of working with both the private and public sectors in the country.

Also, Mrs. Nweke said that the former General Manager, Long Distance Communications at the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), before he rose to become a Special Adviser to the Honourable Minister of Communications; a position he held prior to his elevation to the Director General in the Ministry.

Ige’s appointment as the Minister of Communications in 1990 witnessed a numerous turnaround as the ministry was bloated to comprise Transport and Aviation.

In accepting to chair the Nigeria IPV6 Roundtable, Chief Ige said he is deeply honoured to preside over the roundtable to discuss issues bothering stakeholders on allocation and
deployment of IPV6 in the country.

He promised to participate fully at the event scheduled to in addition commemorate the World IPV6 Day and stimulate awareness on the subject, which has become of global interest.

“God helping me I promise to participate fully in the programme. Please accept the assurances of my esteem regards,” Ige said.

Speaking further, Mrs. Nweke said the planning for the Nigeria IPV6 Roundtable has reached advanced stage for the commemoration of the 2011 World Internet Protocol version Six (IPv6) Day in Lagos, on Wednesday June 8.

She said that her office is working out plans with interested stakeholders to register Nigeria’s presence as far as the World IPv6 Day is concerned on that date through sensitization.

She revealed that the event would be hosted under the auspices of Nigeria IPv6 Roundtable at the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) Centre Onikan-Lagos in June this year, with the theme: IPv6-Join The Players.

Presently, she noted that only 14 institutions have IPv6 in the country, describing this figure as dismal and needed a change of heart and boost from the regulatory agencies across the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and related regulators.

She equally noted that following the recent allocation of the last batch of the Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) the enthronement of IPv6 globally cannot be over-emphasised.

“It became imperative for the deployment of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) in all areas,” she asserted.

Mrs. Nweke pointed out that the Internet has since become the global communication network and to join this progression, Nigerian stakeholders need to integrate IPv6 in all areas.

This roundtable, she said, would help in achieving the national goals for universal access to telecommunications, information and communication technologies (ICTs).

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