THE Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Eugene Juwah, was appointed the Chairman of the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) at the CTO Forum and 54th Council Meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh last month.
Juwah’s appointment as the Chairman of the CTO did not come as a surprise to many. One of those whose radar immediately caught the news of this appointment is the wife of the President of Nigeria, Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan. It is not surprising that the First Lady was one of those who immediately congratulated Juwah for lifting the image of Nigeria on the global arena through his lofty appointment.
The first lady herself is a global ambassador for Nigeria in the ICT ecosphere. Last year the ITU appointed her as the Child Online Protection Ambassador and the NCC boss had worked assiduously with the First Lady to make good her mandate as the UN first officer on the advocacy against child molestation online and protection on cyber security.
Mrs Jonathan said of Juwah’s appointment in a congratulatory message: “The Commonwealth has, once more, through this election demonstrated its confidence and goodwill, not only in you but in the Nigerian nation under the capable leadership of His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
While wishing Juwah a successful tenure of office, Mrs Jonathan also seized the moment as the ITU Child Online Champion to ask Juwah to use his new portfolio to curtail the threat and challenge of child online security. She also encouraged the NCC boss to use his position as CTO Chairman to deepen a secured penetration of telecommunication access within the less privileged communities in the commonwealth.
Speaking on the appointment of Nigeria as the new Chair of the Council and Executive Committee of the CTO, Juwah said the country was delighted and honoured to be elected to the position, and looked forward to working with all members to continue to guide the management in its ICT4D efforts. Juwah took over from Kenya’s Juma Kandie, Director for Human Capital and Administration at the Communications Authority of Kenya.
The CTO, with 34 member countries is the oldest and largest Commonwealth membership organisation in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), and uses its experience and expertise to support members in using ICTs to deliver effective development interventions that enrich, empower and emancipate all peoples within the Commonwealth and beyond.
Juwah was previously first vice-chair of the CTO. He has over 30 years of experience in the IT and telecommunications sectors, including over 20 years in top management level positions. He was appointed in July 2010 in his current position at the NCC, and championed the introduction of emergency communication services, mobile number portability, SIM card registrations and broadband access expansion in Nigeria.
From a Kenyan to a Nigerian, the election and transition in the CTO leadership would seem seamless. “We are grateful for the trust members put on us over the past three years as Chair, and we will look forward to playing our role on the Executive Committee as Immediate Past Chair to support Nigeria”, said Kandie who received acclamations from fellow member country representatives for the inclusive manner in which he led the Executive Committee.
Also elected on the seven-member Executive Committee of the CTO: First Vice Chair: Trinidad & Tobago, held by Cris Seecheran, Chief Executive Officer, Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad & Tobago; Second Vice-Chair: Mauritius, held by Vimalen Reddi, Chairman, Information and Communication Technologies Authority, Mauritius; Development Partners’ Representative: Telecommunications Regulatory Board of Cameroon, held by Jean Louis Beh Mengue, General Manager.happy wheels