Nigerians Elected into ITU’s Leadership Positions, Working Groups

Emma Okonji

Two Nigerians, working with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat), have been elected into leadership positions at the ongoing International Telecommunications Union (ITU)’s World Radio Communications (WRC) Conference 2023, holding in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Others from NCC were also elected into working groups of the ITU WRC Conference.

Pleased with the election, the NCC said they were all elected based on their impressive performance at the ongoing WRC Conference.

According to the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Dr. Aminu Maida, the Director of Spectrum Administration at NCC, Abraham Oshadami, has been elected Vice Chairman of the ITU’s Radiocommunication Advisory Group (RAG).

Also, the Acting General Manager and Project Manager, Navigation Project Office, Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited, Dr. Lasisi Lawal, he said, was  elected Vice Chairman of the ITU-R Study Group Four (Satellite Services).

Maida added that some other members of the NCC delegation were elected into WRC 2023 Working Groups.

While congratulating the successful delegates, Maida commended the  Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, who led Nigeria’s delegation to WRC 2023, for “providing guidance, leadership, encouragement and support to the Nigerian delegation at the conference.”

The WRC Conference brings together the global community to agree on the use of the world’s finite spectrum resources, the electromagnetic waves that provide connectivity for the day-to-day technologies.

Maida expressed delight at the outcome of the elections, stating that roles of the Nigerian elected delegates will enhance Nigeria’s global standing in the telecom space, as well as ensure that the country’s interests and goals are more aptly aligned with global best practices.

In a statement released by NCC and signed by its Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Reuben Muoka, the commission said: “The leadership of the NCC is excited about Nigeria’s impressive performance at the ongoing International Telecommunications Union (ITU)’s World Radio Communications (WRC) Conference 2023, holding in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where two Nigerians were elected into leadership positions, while some other delegates from the Commission were elected into Working Groups.

“We are excited about the election of two of our colleagues, Oshadami and Dr. Lawal as Vice Chairs of the Key Study Groups. It is an honour for the NCC and the Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited to have produced these two intellectuals as global radio communication leaders.

“Their positions will also ensure that our interests and goals aptly align with global best practices, especially as we work towards attaining the target set by the National Broadband Plan.”

According to the statement, Maida charged the elected persons to live up to the huge expectations that the global radio communication community had placed on them by electing them into the roles.

He also reflected deeply on the presence of the Minister at the event as a major booster for the delegation and a strong indication of the federal government’s commitment to the delegation’s participation at the WRC-23.

The NCC boss also used his presence at the event to engage with the leadership of the ITU, as well as other leaders in the global telecom industry.

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