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Nigeria triumphs at ITU’s WRC 2023: Key leadership roles secured, setting stage for global influence

Nigerian Communications Commission Delegation Shines in Dubai, Elevating Nigeria's Presence in Global Telecom Landscape

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In a remarkable feat at the ongoing International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) World Radio Communications (WRC) Conference 2023 in Dubai, Nigeria’s prowess in the global telecommunications arena takes center stage. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) proudly announces the election of two distinguished individuals into key leadership positions, marking a significant stride towards aligning national interests with international best practices.

Dr. Aminu Maida, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, revealed on the sidelines of WRC 2023 that Engineer Abraham Oshadami, Director of Spectrum Administration at NCC, has been elected Vice Chairman of the ITU’s Radiocommunication Advisory Group (RAG). Meanwhile, Dr. Lasisi Salami Lawal, Acting General Manager and Project Manager at the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited, secures the position of Vice Chairman of the ITU-R Study Group Four (Satellite Services). Several other NCC delegates also clinched positions in WRC 2023 Working Groups.

Expressing his elation, Dr. Maida highlighted the pivotal roles these elected individuals would play in enhancing Nigeria’s global standing in the telecom space. He underscored the significance of their positions in aligning the country’s goals with global best practices, especially in the pursuit of targets set by the National Broadband Plan.

Commending the leadership of the Honourable Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, who led the Nigerian delegation, Dr. Maida acknowledged the minister’s guidance, leadership, and unwavering support throughout the conference.

The WRC Conference serves as a global forum to negotiate the allocation of the world’s finite spectrum resources, essential for powering everyday technologies. Dr. Maida believes that Nigeria’s success at the conference is not only a personal triumph for the elected delegates but also a testament to the country’s commitment to advancing in the global telecom arena.

The NCC boss utilized the event to engage with key figures in the global telecom industry. Meetings with ITU leadership, including Secretary General Mrs. Doreen Borden-Martin, and African Telecommunications Union Secretary General Mr. John Omo, were platforms to discuss collaboration and increased Nigerian participation in these unions.

Dr. Maida also seized the opportunity to meet with UAE’s Director General of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), H. E. Engineer Majed Sultan Al Mesmar, fostering discussions on effective regulation and sharing perspectives on the evolving digital landscape. The presence of the Honourable Minister and NCC’s active engagement at the WRC-23 underscore the Federal Government’s commitment to advancing Nigeria’s role and influence in the global telecommunications sphere.

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