The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has formally presented Nigeriaâ€™s candidature for a re-election into the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Administrative Council and Mr. William Ijehâ€™s bid for the position of Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau of the ITU.
Danbatta made the formal presentation at a dinner organised for the ITU Secretary-General, Mr. Houlin Zhao, other elected officials of the global telecom regulatory body, ministers and chief regulators of member states from across the globe, among other dignitaries in Geneva, Switzerland.
â€œLadies and gentlemen, I now formally present to you Nigeriaâ€™s twin candidature for re-election into the ITU Administrative Council and Mr. William Ijeh for the position of Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau of the ITU, for your support,â€ said the NCC boss.
Speaking further, Danbatta noted that Nigeria has a long standing relationship with the ITU and had been contributing in no small way to the activities of the union.
â€œNigeria is one of the highest financial contributors to ITU in the African region and also a major player in ITU Telecom World activities for many years. I can assure you that Nigeria will continue to reinforce its cooperation with the ITU,â€ he stressed.
He expressed the countryâ€™s further commitment towards the development of telecommunication and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as well making them readily available to all its citizen at affordable rates.
On Ijehâ€™s candidature, Danbatta explained that his experience of working at the ITU for over 21 years in various strategic positions, including the BDT, the General Secretariat, and the Radio-communication Bureau, could not be ignored.
He said the candidate had been instrumental to many decisions and developmental activities within the ITU.
â€œPrior to joining the ITU, Ijeh worked for other inter-governmental organisations where he was primarily responsible for project development and management with emphasis on developing countries. He will apply his diplomatic skills in negotiations and be in a position to interact with government officials at the highest level,â€ he added.