Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ndukwe named national coordinator of Affordable Internet Nigeria Coalition

The former chief executive officer and Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and co-chair of the Presidential Committee that produced Nigeria's National Broadband Plan, Dr. Ernest Chukwuka Anene Ndukwe has been named the National Coordinator of the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) Nigeria Coalition, reports ITRealms.

Communications Officer, Alliance for Affordable Internet, Lauran Potter confirmed this to ITRealms last night, saying that Dr. Ndukwe’s role as National Coordinator, will traverse working with the A4AI Nigeria Coalition to lead advocacy efforts at the highest levels of government, championing the policy and regulatory reforms needed to reduce the cost of a broadband connection and increase access to affordable Internet.

Dr. Ndukwe, who also the group chairman of OpenMedia had previously served as Managing Director/CEO of General Telecom Plc and represented Nigeria as a Vice Chairman of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom Development Advisory Group (TDAG), assumed his new role on June 1, 2015. 

Reacting on his appointment, Dr. Ndukwe commended A4AI for achieving a lot within a short period of two years of stepping into Nigeria via advocacy, which he promised to strengthen with his new position. 

“A4AI has been working to increase access to affordable Internet in Nigeria only since October 2013, yet in that short time, has managed to make significant contributions toward making Internet for all Nigerians a reality. I am excited to join the Alliance as National Coordinator for A4AI’s Nigeria Coalition, and to further the great efforts that have been made to develop and put into place the policies and regulations needed to reduce the price of a basic broadband connection. Working with the Federal Government of Nigeria and other stakeholders, I am confident we can make great strides toward ensuring that more Nigerians than ever before can afford to come online and take advantage of the amazing opportunities that Internet access provides” Ndukwe said.

Dr. Ndukwe is known for extensive experience and strong leadership will increase A4AI’s impact in Nigeria and will further access to affordable Internet for all Nigerians.

For more information about Dr. Ndukwe’s appointment and A4AI's work in Nigeria, please see: http://a4ai.org/dr-ernest-ndukwe-appointed-as-national-coordinator-of-a4ai-nigeria-coalitions.

 +Remmy Nweke (ITRealms)
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Pix: Dr. Ndukwe, courtesy A4AI

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