Nigeria: Africa must synchronise ICT development

Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Communications, Mr. Labaran Maku, on Tuesday in Abuja challenged African leaders to speak with one voice in the forthcoming International Telecommunication Union (ITU) conference so as to achieve preliminary positions.

Labaran said at the inaugural African Group Preparatory Meeting for World Radio Communication Conference in Abuja that Africa as a continent had been lacking behind in terms of spectrum resources.

According to him, “Africa as a continent has been lacking behind in spectrum resources. It is of major concern to us if, the Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMP), the Asian-Pacific Telecommunity (APT), the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), and the Regional Commonwealth in the field of Communications (RCC) have already come up with preliminary positions during the last ITU information meetings.

“It is our hope that, in future conferences, African administrations will be among the first to come up with preliminary positions on ITU conference agenda items. all hands musty therefore be on desk to ensure that we arrive at consensus on the agenda items and such consensus should recognize the fact that ‘ bandwidth is the life blood of the world’s knowledge economy, but it is scariest where it is most needed that is in the developing nations of Africa which require low cost communications to accelerate their socio-economic development,” he said.

Furthermore, he stressed the importance of bandwidth which depends on spectrum-dependent wireless systems.

Director General of the Nigerian Broadcasting commission (NBC), Yomi Bolarinwa said “spectrum is the property of a common man on the street and this according to him “is the last chance for them to enjoy.

“Spectrum is regarded as a property of the commons, and it is about the last heritage of Mankind that African countries still have a chance to enjoy; there is need for us to guard it jealously. The onus rests on us, the trained and opportune children of Africa to ensure that no decision in Geneva is to the detriment of our region or any of our various administrations,” Bolarinwa added.

The Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah, noted that radio frequency spectrum required a cautious approach because there are no national boundaries.

He stressed that, it was imperative for the continent to use the time of the WRC-12 to present their views and positions fashioning a global consensus that will ensure the most efficient and effective use of space and terrestrial radio communications resources.

Source – WorldStage – by Luke Ajulo