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Nigeria will search re-election into ITU elective positions – FG



By Emmanuel Elebeke

ABUJA- Federal authorities says Nigeria might be presenting itself for re-election into the Administrative Council seat of the Worldwide Telecommunications Union (ITU) on the upcoming election of the union to be held at its 2018 Plenipotentiary Convention to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirate in October/November this 12 months.

Shittu Adebayo

The minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, disclosed this on Tuesday, whereas declaring open the second African Preparatory Assembly (APM) for ITU 2018 Plenipoterntiary Convention (PP-18) which is happening in Abuja.

The minister additionally disclosed that Nigeria might be presenting Mr. Williams Ijeh for election as Director, Telecommunication Growth Bureau of the ITU in the course of the convention within the UAE and solicited for the help of the ITU member states for Nigeria.

Shittu due to this fact, charged the members on the assembly to provide you with high quality choices that can immensely profit the African area and the world at massive.

‘‘It’s my imagine that this assembly will allow member states provide you with preliminary positions on agendas for the PP-18. I’m joyful that the African Area has deemed it match to organize for this necessary convention, which can make member states put their heads collectively to battle a typical trigger. I’ll us all to not beneath estimate the significance of those preparations.

‘‘I’m happy to tell you that Nigeria might be presenting itself for re-election into the Administrative Council seat in addition to presenting Mr. Williams for election in the course of the ITU convention in Dubai. I want to search your unflinching help for Nigeria twin candidates,’’ he added.

The ITU Plepotentiary convention is the important thing occasion at which ITU member states resolve on the longer term function of the group thereby figuring out the group’s capacity to affect and impact the event of telecommunications/ICT worldwide. The Plenipotentiary convention can be the highest policy-making physique of the ITU held each 4 years, setting the union’s common insurance policies; adopts four-year strategic and monetary plans and elect the senior administration staff of the organizations, the member s of Council and the members of the Radio Regulation Board (RRB).

In his remarks, the Secretary Common of ITU, Houlin Zhao, urged African nations to work collectively in leveraging ICT to develop the continent.

He expressed hope that Africa will quickly emerge a worldwide champion within the innovation and use of rising applied sciences.

‘‘We should work to make use of ICT to rework Africa by making ICT a great tool, to assist us obtain every UN SDGs. The way forward for our lives is strongly affected by rising applied sciences. I’m happy to notice that ICT, improvements might be launched by African engineers and innovators.

‘‘We’ll on this assembly see how we’ll use ICT work out the way forward for African continent. I’m a lot assured that within the nearest future, Africa will start to get pleasure from the identical socio-economic life like another continent enjoys.

‘‘We wish to see ICT made in Africa and use in Africa. Africa has contributed to international ICT international technological companies and improvement.’’

Earlier in his handle, the Government Vice Chairman of the Nigerians Communications Fee, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, mentioned the significance of the gathering can’t be understated when contemplating the ITU Framework and Plenipotentiary course of.

The EVC acknowledged that Nigeria sees the work of ITU as integral to the event of ICT in Africa and in tune with its focus of attaining ubiquitous Broadband deployment that can in flip result in sustainable socio-economic improvement of its citizenry, stressing that the challenges posed by the event of latest applied sciences can’t be over emphasised as the advantages far outstrip no matter dangers we might face.

‘‘This assembly units the tone for our gathering right here and I’m assured that the deliberations that can happen within the subsequent three days will additional improve Africa’s frequent place at PP-18.

It pleases me to notice that Nigeria, past being your host, might be a really energetic participant at this assembly as now we have submitted a lot of proposals to your consideration.

‘‘Nigeria sees the work of ITU as integral to the event of ICT in Africa and in tune with its focus of attaining ubiquitous Broadband deployment that can in flip result in sustainable socio-economic improvement of its citizenry. This we imagine can solely be achieved by way of continued and deepened partnerships of which the ITU gives essentially the most splendid platform.

‘‘Nigeria has witnessed phenomenal progress in its ICT sector and acknowledges the help of the ITU within the nation’s ICT evolution. Nigeria has been a protracted standing member of the ITU council and has all the time seen itself as a flag bearer for the curiosity of Africa and different growing Nations as an entire.

‘‘To this finish, and together with your help we want to proceed the nice work now we have been doing over the previous many years. The presence of the ITU Secretary Common signifies the significance accorded to Africa inside the ITU.’’

Prof. Danbatta urged members to harness their experience and experiences from earlier conferences to beat their variations. He additionally urged them to place collectively and synthesize well-articulated and impactful frequent proposals that can guarantee Africa’s participation at PP-18 produces the mandatory methods to make sure the digital divide within the continent is considerably lowered with Africa not simply being a significant client of know-how however a producer as properly.


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APC Calls For Omo-Agege’s Prosecution Over Mace snatching




The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned in totality, Wednesday’s attack on the Senate and the snatching on the Mace of the senate.

This is even as it has called on all security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.

In a statemnet issued by Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, the party said that the attack ammounted to an attack on the nation’s democracy.

“The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to the invasion of the Nigerian Senate by suspected thugs who disrupted Wednesday’s plenary and made away with the mace.

“The APC hereby condemns this action and views it as an attack on our democracy and a desecration of the hallowed institution of the National Assembly.

“We therefore call on security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police has arrested Senator Ovie Omo Agege for leading the hoodlums into the Senate chamber during plenary to snatch the Mace which is the symbol of authority of the upper legislative chamber.

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Mace Theft: Police Arrest Senator Omo-Agege




The lawmaker was suspended by the Senate for 90 days last week. He, however, attended the plenary today.

The Senate had accused him of leading the armed men who stormed the chamber and snatched the mace while plenary was on.

After the plenary, policemen ushered Omo-Agege from the door of the chamber into a waiting pickup van.

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Thugs Disrupt Senate Plenary, Steals Mace




The Senate plenary was today disrupted after suspected thugs invaded the chamber and made away with the mace.

The incident happened few seconds after a suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege entered the chamber.

About 10 suspected thugs who came to the venue with the senator forced their entrance into the chamber.

Seconds later, the thugs ran out of the chamber with the mace causing pandemonium in the Senate.

They left the National Assembly with the mace in a black SUV.

The mace is the symbol of authority of the parliament.

One of the security personnel at the entrance of the National Assembly said the thugs told him and other officers they were with the senator.

“We tried to stop them but they told us they were with him (Omo-Agege),” he said.

The Senate has accused a lawmaker, Ovie Omo-Agege, of leading hoodlums to seize the mace, which serves as the chamber’s symbol of authority.

In a statement after the incident on Wednesday, Senate spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi, said the incident is an act of treason.

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