Nigeria has been re-elected as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) until 2026, the United Nation’s specialised agency that oversees global telecommunication operations.
As a result, Nigeria will serve on the council again from 2022-2026. Nigeria became a member of the union on November 4, 1961.
The Nigerian delegation was led to the global event by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr. Isa Ali Pantami. Other members of the delegation included the Chairman of the board of Commissioners of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Adeolu Akande; and the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NCC, Umar Danbatta.
Commenting on Nigeria’s re-election into the council, Mr. Danbatta thanked the ITU member states for the confidence it has in Nigeria.
“The re-election of Nigeria as a member of ITU Council for the next four years, again, points to the globally-recognised leadership role Nigeria is playing in Africa and at the level of ITU Council in the area of telecommunications policy formulation and technical regulations development to drive ITU’s mission and vision”, the EVC said.
The election of Nigeria and other countries, on Monday, October 3, into different regional groups that constitute the ITU Council, was the high point of the Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 (PP-22) ongoing in Bucharest, the capital city of the Republic of Romania.
The ITU is governed by the Plenipotentiary Conference and the Administrative Council. The Plenipotentiary Conference is the supreme organ of the union. It is the decision-making body that determines the direction of the union and its activities.