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NCC: Nigeria’s success at World Radio Communications Conference 2023 excites Maida

Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO of NCC (r); and Engineer Majed Sultan Al Mesmar, Director-General of Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority, United Arab Emirates, During a Meeting at the Ongoing ITU's World Radiocommunication Conference 2023, in Dubai, UAE      Photo: NCC

*Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission, expresses delight at the emergence of Nigerian elected delegates at the global event, affirming their new roles will enhance the country’s global standing in the telecoms space

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As the country further intensifies efforts at enhancing and consolidating its standing in the global telecoms ecosystem, the leadership of the Nigerian Communications Commission (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 (UAE).

The NCC disclosed that two Nigerians were elected into leadership positions, while some other delegates from the Commission were elected into Working Groups at the international conference.

ConsumerConnect reports the global event, which commenced November 20, 2023, will end December 15 this year.

Mr. Reuben Muoka, Director Public Affairs at NCC, also stated Dr. Aminu Maida, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Commission, while speaking on the sidelines of WRC 2023, in Dubai, announced Engr. Abraham Oshadami, Director of Spectrum Administration at NCC, had been elected  Vice-Chairman of the ITU’s Radiocommunication Advisory Group (RAG), while Dr. Lasisi Salami, Acting General Manager and Project Manager, Navigation Project Office of Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComSat) Limited, was elected Vice-Chairman of the ITU-R Study Group Four (Satellite Services) respectively.

The telecoms sector regulatory Commission also said that some other members of the NCC delegation were elected into WRC 2023 Working Groups at the global event.

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

The EVC/CEO of the Commission noted the WRC Conference has brought together the global community to agree on the use of the world’s finite spectrum resources, the electromagnetic waves that provide connectivity for our day-to-day technologies.

New roles to enhance Nigeria’s global standing in telecoms space, says EVC/CEO

Maida, who also expressed delight at the outcome of the elections, stated the fresh roles of the Nigerian elected delegates would enhance the country’s global standing in the telecoms space, as well as ensure that the country’s interests and goals are more aptly aligned with global best practices.

Maida further stated: “I am excited about the election of two of our colleagues, Engr. Oshadami and Dr. Lawal as Vice Chairs of the Key Study Groups.

“It is an honour for the Nigerian Communications Commission and the Nigeria Communications Satellite Limited to have produced these two intellectuals as global radiocommunication 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.”

Maida urges elected Nigerians to meet global expectations

The NCC Chief, therefore, charged them to live up to the huge expectations that the global radiocommunication community has placed on them by electing them into the roles.

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

The EVC/CEO used his participation in the event to engage with the leadership of the ITU, as well as other leaders in the global telecoms industry, stated the NCC.

The Commission also stated Maida held meetings with Mrs. Doreen Borden-Martin, Secretary General of ITU, as well as Mr. John Omo, Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU), during which he shared his vision and priorities for the Commission, as well as potential areas of collaboration and increased Nigeria’s participation in the two unions.

The Executive Vice-Chairman also met with Directors at the ITU, including the Director of Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), Dr.Cosmas Zavazava; Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR), Mr. Mario Maniewicz and the Director of the Telecommunication Standardisation Bureau (TSB), Mr. Seizo Onoe,

One of the meetings was also with his UAE counterpart – the Director General of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), H. E. Engineer Majed Sultan Al Mesmar, where they shared their perspectives on effective regulation, said the Commission.

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