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Telecommunications services providers and other stakeholders in the country have been charged to exchange ideas that will foster growth and innovation in the industry especially as the nation ushers in the era of proper high speed access to the internet through 5G deployment, reports ITREALMS.
L-r EVC of NCC representative Engr Abraham Oshadami, chairman of the day, Engr Ike Nnamani represented by Olatunji Suleiman, President, Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) Maureen Chigbo and DG National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Malam Musa Balarabe represented by Dr Chibuike Ogwumike at  the 2022 Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum on Internet Governance for Development hosted by ITREALMS Media at Welcome Centre Hotels, Lagos
The Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta made this call while delivering the keynote address at the 2022 Nigeria DigitalSENSE Forum series on ‘5G: Enthroning Internet Governance for Digital Economy’ held at Welcome Centre Hotels, International Airport Road, Lagos.

DigitalSENSE Africa, a project of ITREALMS Media group is made up of internationally reputed and award-winning Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry analysts and perception managers; professionally affiliated to African Regional At-Large Organisation (AFRALO) for shaping the future of the Internet. DigitalSENSE Africa is a certified At-Large Structure (ALS) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Addressing participants on “5G: Enthronement in Nigeria’s Telecom Sector” Prof. Danbatta who was represented by a Deputy Director and Head of Spectrum Database Management at NCC, Engr. Abraham Oshadami, expressed delights on the strategic and critical role of the Commission in the implementation of government's policies which will foster growth and innovation in the industry.

"This is evident in the efforts of the commission being demonstrated in the smooth update of previous technologies such as 2G,3G and the 4G; and the one that is now being implemented to ensure the deployment and adoption of 5G infrastructure and services in Nigeria," he said.

Danbatta enjoined stakeholders to close ranks so as to ensure that enthronement of burgeoning Fifth Generation (5G) is optimized by most Nigerians.

Also speaking, the Director-General (DG), National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mallam Balarabe Musa in his speech stated in the past few days, digital technology usage around the world have improved including soaring the credibility of election results.

"In African countries, almost all recent general elections have used different types of digital technology to mitigate electoral fraud and enhance election; some of which includes biometric voter's registration, smart-cards reader, voter's card, optical mark recognition, direct electronics recording and electronic results transmission," he said.

Mallam Balarabe, who was represented by a delegation led by the Lagos Zonal Director, Dr. Chibuike Ogwumike, charged stakeholders including various regulatory organs, industries, network operators, service-technology providers, public and private partnership organisations to synergise and be in continued dialogue to address the challenges facing the widespread 5G deployment worldwide.

Other activities at the twin-event was the unveiling of book authored by the multi-award winning journalist and Group Executive Editor, Remmy Nweke which was reviewed by Chairman, Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) Engr. Gbenga Adebayo and President, African Health Journalists Association & Principal Consultant/CEO InterPares Media Limited Dr. Declan Okpalaeke, whereas the Chief Unveiler was the Chief Executive Officer, Amano Investments West Africa and President, Mandilas International Trade Centre, Chief Anthony Amechi Okeke.

Earlier In his welcome address, Lead Consulting Strategist, DigitalSENSE Africa/Group Executive Editor ITREALMS Media Group/Author-Sagacity of a digital revolution, Remmy Nweke said the book is based on well-researched analytics on several subjects such as diversification of Nigeria economy, role of ICTs in curtailing child malnutrition among others.

The event was chaired by the President/CEO Medallion Data Centre Ltd who doubles as President, Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, who was ably represented by Mr. Olatunji Sulaimon, the Permanent Secretary; Ministry of Police Affairs Temitope Fashedemi was also represented by Mr. Adegbola Toluwalope, Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) Lagos, Mr. Adeleye Ajayi as well as a President, Association of Anambra State Development Unions (AASDU Lagos), Chief Sir Amechi Ebeledike, Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) St. Jude Parish second vice president, Mrs Charity Akobundu, chairman, Awba-Ofemili Development Union Lagos, Mr. Norbet Nweke, Chief Benard Chidebe, Chief Theo Okoye of Coswekkers Motors, CEO Tokas Motors, Prince Toike Obidigwe, Mr. Stanley Afunuro, Vice Chairman, ADU Lagos, Mr. Osita Anidebe, Mr. Cele N. Dom, Mr. Onyeka Victor Nweke, Doyen of St. Jude, Mazi Udo Chijioke, President, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) was represented by a team led by Segun Akinwunmi among others.
Other dignitaries include a delegation from the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) Maureen Chigbo, and the Secretary, Mr. Collins Edumaruse, former Managing Director, Champion Newspapers, Mr. Ugo Onuoha, Chief Chris Uwaje, the Oracle, Executive of Nigeria Guild of Editor, Gabriel Akinedewo and publisher of Freedom Online, delegate from Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) led by Messrs Chike Onwuegbuchi and Chidiebere Nwankwo as secretary to name a few.

His Royal Highness (HRM) Igwe Ezekwesili Maduagwuna, Ofemili 1 of Awba-Ofemili was the royal father of the day, whilst the Director, Operations, Mrs Nkem Nweke, a former Executive Board member of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) and current president, CWO St Jude Parish gave the closing remarks at the occasion compered by Louisa Olaniyi (MC Luwy).

· *Gbemi Omotoso/Editor

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