By Prince Osuagwu
By Thursday next week, the Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union, ITU , Dr Hamadoun Toure would be in Nigeria, to unveil the most telecom developments in the African continent for the past ten years.
He would be doing this at theÂ Africa Telecom Development Summit billed for Thursday, September 10, at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, as he and the President of the African Business Roundtable, ABR, Dr Bamanga Tukur have confirmed their participation at the event.
Toure who is slated to feature as the guest speaker
, would also deliver a keynote address tagged â€˜Sustaining the Gains in Telecoms on the Continent in the Past 10 Yearsâ€™.
Attending the Africa Telecom Development Summit, organised by the Africa Telecom Development Initiative, ATDI, in Partnership with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), would make the second time the ITU scribe would be visiting Nigeria.
Also collaborating in the Summit are the African Business Roundtable and the West Africa Telecommunications Regulators Assembly (WATRA).
Messrs Ken Ugbechie, Executive Secretary of ATDI and Reuben Muoka, Head of Public Affairs of the NCC said Tukur said the choice of Tukur who is also the Chairman of NEPAD Business Group was informed by his pedigree as an astute businessman committed to growing the African economy.
They revealed that many other participants who have confirmed their participation at the event include Ghanaâ€™s award winning Internet and computer expert, Professor Nii Quaynor,. Quaynor would be presenting a session paper on Cyber Security. Quaynorâ€™s paper would examine the challenges of Cyber Security on the continent.
It would espouse the various dynamics of Cyber Security as well as the various types of cyber crime. The paper would be discussed by a carefully selected panel of experts which would include Professor Epiphany Azinge, the, Director General, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Basil Udotai, a celebrated Cyber Security expert and technology advisor, Professor Cleopas Angaye, Director General of Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Mr Akossi Akossi, the Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU).
The Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Ernest Ndukwe, would be delivering the session paper on Citizen Security.
The paper is expected to explore the various ways in which telecom can enhance the security of the citizenry by empowering them with knowledge, job and wealth creation opportunities. The paper would be discussed by Microsoft award winner and Managing Partner of Grand Central Chinenye Mba_Uzoukwu, Mr Frank Nweke, Director General of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group, NESG and Dr Uju Agomoh, Founder, Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action, PRAWA.
Others are Dr.Â Emmanuel Ekuwem, President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and Professor Pat Utomi, Director, Lagos Business School.
The third session paper on Food Security would be delivered by the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, the seminal Dr Sayyadi Abba Ruma, while the paper discussants would include Dr Ken Ife, International Coordinator of the African Business Roundtable, Ambassador Michael Toluhi, IT Consultant, African Business Roundtable, Dr Paul Orhii, Director General, NAFDAC and Mr Tim Prewitt, Managing Director of USAID Markets.