Nigeria takes over chairmanship of ITU’s Radio Council
A Nigerian, Festus Daudu, has become the first African to head the World Radio Communications (WRC) Council, an arm of the 150 years old International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
Daudu is the Director, Spectrum Administration at the Federal Ministry of Communications Technology.
Daudu, an engineer, in his inaugural speech at the opening ceremony of the WRC 2015, at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday, thanked the Almighty God as well as the government and people of Nigeria for making it possible for him to be the first African to chair the WRC Council.
The Chairman of the WRC further assured the gathering that he will do his utmost best to fulfill the mandate given to him as he promised to be fair and impartial in his dealings.
He stressed that the conference was one of the most important conferences of the Union, which will be examining a large number of important and sensitive issues ranging from mobile broadband communications, broadband satellite systems to emergency communications, disaster relief including issues relating to maritime and aeronautical communications, monitoring the environment and climate change, universal time and space among others.
According to a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs at NCC, Tony Ojobo, the conference will also deal with issues covering a wide frequency range and concerning a wide variety of radio communication services that the public relies on for such essential services as health information, education, security and safety.
Daudu explained that decisions, which would be taken at the conference on Radio Regulations, will be critical to the telecommunications industry as well as promote connectivity which will directly affect the lives of citizens with important economic impacts on countries such as Nigeria.
He urged all services to consider each other as complimentary and not as rivals and create conducive atmospheres for consultations and negotiations that will lead to consensus and compromises without leaving anyone party feeling cheated.