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Monday, April 04, 2011

Maku to celebrate telecom revolution @W.Afri.Tel’11

Federal Minister of Information and Communication, Mr. Labaran Maku has given his consent to honour the celebration of telecom revolution at the forthcoming West African ICT Congress (WAFICT) and the W.Afri.Tel exhibition scheduled for June 14 through 16, 2011.

Disclosing this, the organizers of the both event, said the Minister gave his blessings in a formal letter endorsing the dual event which has congress and exhibition and urged mobile companies, Internet Service Providers (ISP), government agencies and establishments, telecom operators as well as all other stakeholders, to support the events and join the ministry in giving a voice to Nigeria’s achievements in telecom.

The letter, entitled ‘To whom it may concern - Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Nigerian Telecom Revolution: Special West African ICT Congress 2011, by IT & Telecom Digest,” noted that event running concurrently, will be hosted at the new Eko Expo Hall, Lagos.

“I am writing to confirm that the Federal Ministry of Information and Communications endorses and recommends IT & Telecom Digest Magazine to organise the West African ICT Congress 2011, as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of th Nigerian telecom revolution.

“The publication will celebrate the progress that has been made during the past one decade in the Nigerian telecom industry. In doing so, IT & Telecom Digest will host the WAFICT Congress 2011, of which the Ministry is in full support and will participate fully. This is important to further open up our country to the rest of the world as the investment destination for telecom in Africa,’ he said.

“In this regard, the Federal Ministry of Information and Communications officially endorses WAFICT Congress, which is being hosted alongside the 11th W.Afri.Tel Exhibition, in Eko Hotel, Lagos, June 14-16, 2011, and the Ministry hereby urges all businesses, companies, professionals, all stakeholders, government agencies, etc, to lend their support to the events and join us in celebrating this happy milestone: Ten Years of the Nigerian Telecom Revolution 2001 – 2011.”

Reacting on the endorsement, Mr. Mkpe Abang, Editor-in-Chief of IT & Telecom Digest, organisers of WAFICT Congress, said that by this endorsement, the minister has shown his understanding for the need to drum up Nigeria’s achievements in the telecom sector.

“It is common knowledge that the telecom sector in Nigeria is perhaps the really functional sector in the country in the last one decade and there is no amount of celebration that should be spared,” he said. Further, he commended Maku for confirming that Nigeria has a lot to offer and by the pronouncement in his letter.

“He confirms that he has the understanding of the currency of the times as well as the challenges for global economies which are now technology for the purpose of achieving globalisation, and for Nigeria and Africa, for achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” he said, describing him as a “young firebrand, bubbling with ideas.”

Abang emphasised that in this day and time, every country needs young men and women, who are full of ideas, rather those afraid to take key decisions capable of changing their environments. “… Men and women who are on top of their tasks and who can also take governance to the next level. Honourable Labaran Maku falls very well in this league, and, this is why he recognises need to give a voice to an industry and to activities, like WAFICT and W.Afri.Tel, which actually fuel development and investment in the telecom sector and the economy in general.”WAFICT Congress 2011, like last year’s edition, is being organised by IT & Telecom Digest, in conjunction with the UK-based Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), and has the theme: The Emerging New Frontier: – Opportunities and Potentials for Sustainable Growth in West Africa.WAFICT Congress 2001 will run alongside the 11th edition of the West African International Telecommunications exhibition (W.Afri.Tel), organised by EMS of South Africa, of which IT & Telecom Digest is also the sole Nigeria agent.

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