Nigeria Reinstated Into ITU Council

Nigeria has been reinstated into the Council of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The vote of confidence was the highlight of the Plenipotentiary Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The 20th Plenipotentiary Conference of the Council, also voted for the current ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao, to serve an additional term of four years.

Nigeria and the other countries elected to the Council will begin another four-year run from January 2019.

The 153-year old  ITU is an agency of the United Nations (UN), set up to coordinate telecommunication operations and services throughout the world.
It is the oldest existing international organisation, and its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.

Nigeria became a member of the ITU in 1961 joining the USA and the UK, among others.

The ITU Council body of the union between Plenipotentiary Conferences, which take place every four years.

It ensures the running of the Union’s policies, activities and strategies.

The council is divided into five regions, which include Region A, which is Argentina, Brazil, Bahamas, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Paraguay, El Salvador and the United States.

Western Europe includes France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Spain, Hungary, Switzerland and Turkey. They are Region B.

Region D is made up of Nigeria and 12 other countries including Algeria, Egypt, Burkina Faso; Cote d ’Ivoire, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia, South Africa and Uganda. Asia and Australia, India, China, Indonesia, Japan, Iran, Korea, Pakistan, Kuwait, Philippines, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates make up Region E.

ITU, through its Radio communication division (ITU-R), and its secretariat the Radio Communication Bureau, is the international authority responsible for managing the radio frequency spectrum and satellite orbit resources. With the rapid expansion of wireless services worldwide, there are many demands for a share of the radio-frequency spectrum to support all new applications. The relevance and importance of ITU-R work is, therefore, continuing to increase daily.

Meanwhile, Zhao, an ICT engineer, who has served in various senior management positions at ITU, will kick off his second, and final four-year term on January 1, 2019. He said that the ITU would continue to connect the unconnected, and he declared that the council is strengthening partnerships to put into action the shared vision of a connected world, where innovative information and communication technology is available to everyone everywhere.

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