Following Nigeria’s contributions to national and global telecommunications development, it has now taken over from Kenya as the new Chair of the Council and Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO).

Nigeria emerged winner in the council election, which took place during CTO’s Annual Council Meeting held in Dhaka, Bangladesh at the weekend.

Nigeria has been adjudged as the fast growing telecoms market globally, having hit the 130 million subscriber number as at June this year, within a limited space of 13 years.

Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah, will now assume the new position as Chairman of CTO, on behalf of West African countries.

Pleased with the global support and commendation for Nigeria, which led to emergence of Nigeria as the new Chair, Juwah said: “We are delighted and honoured to be elected to this position, and we look forward to working with all members to continue to guide management in its ICT4D efforts.

“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,” Kandie, the former chairman said.

Also elected on the seven-member executive committee of the CTO, were 1st Vice-Chair, given to Trinidad & Tobago, and held by Chief Executive Officer, Telecommunications Authority, Cris Seecheran; 2nd Vice-Chair, given to Mauritius, and held by Chairman, Information and Communications Technologies Authority, Vimalen.

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