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WTISD 2024: NCC celebrates consumers, stakeholders on World Telecoms and Information Society Day

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*The Nigerian Communications Commission celebrate and wish a Happy World Telecommunications and Information Society Day 2024 to all consumers and stakeholders in the country’s ecosystem

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

The Management and Staff of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) have celebrated and wished a Happy World Telecommunications and Information Society (WTIS) Day 2024 to all consumers and stakeholders in the country’s ecosystem.

ConsumerConnect reports the telecoms sector regulatory Commission, on the occasion of the commemoration of the annual global event Friday, May 17, also highlighted theme of this year’s event, “Digital Innovation for Sustainable Development”, is one of NCC’s Strategic Focus Areas:  “Bridging the Urban-Rural Digital Divide”, which is said to be a major goal in global telecommunications.

The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is an international day proclaimed November 2006, by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference, in Antalya, Turkey, to be celebrated annually May 17.

The NCC also affirmed that the whole world needs digital innovation.

“Together, we can make it happen,” the Commission stated Friday.

It added the WTISD marks the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – the United Nations Agency for Digital Technologies.

Objective of WITSD 2024, by ITU

The International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations (UN) agency, on WTISD 2024, disclosed the fundamental purpose of WTISD is “to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.”

According to ITU, May 17 marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the global organisation.

In its message on this year’s event, ITU stated that digital innovation could help tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.

“From fighting climate change to eliminating hunger and poverty, digital technologies can help achieve 70% of targets under the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“Now more than ever, building a sustainable future demands innovative thinking and action in the digital world,” the agency said on its corporate Web site.

It also explained the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2024 offers the chance to explore how “digital innovation can help connect everyone and unlock sustainable prosperity for all.”

The ITU further noted on the objective of the occasion: “With 2.6 billion people still unconnected, glaring digital gaps hinder innovation across much of the world.

“Many countries – lacking key policies, investments, and digital skills – are struggling to keep up in today’s fast-changing digital landscape. WTISD 2024 reminds the world of the progress yet to be made to ensure that everyone can benefit from digital technologies.”

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