By Emmanuel Elebeke
Engr. Festus Dauda of Nigeria has officially assumed duty as the Chairman of World Radio Communications (WRC) in Geneva, Swizerland.
Dauda, becomes the first African to assume the exalted position in the 150 years of the Council.
Nigeria had earlier in the week became the first African country to head the World Radio Communications (WRC) Council, an arm of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
Engr. Festus Daudu, until his new appointment was Director Spectrum Administration at the Federal Ministry of Communications Technology.
In his inaugural speech at the opening ceremony of the WRC 2015, at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Engr. Daudu said ‘‘I thank the Almighty God as well as the Government and people of Nigeria for making it possible for me to be the first African to chair the WRC Council.’’
He assured the gathering that he will do his utmost best to fulfil the mandate given to him as he promised to be fair and impartial in his dealings.
He stressed that the conference was one of the most important conferences of the Union which will be examining a large number of important and sensitive issues ranging from mobile broadband communications, broadband satellite systems to emergency communications, disaster relief including issues relating to maritime and aeronautical communications, monitoring the environment and climate change, universal time and space among others.
The conference is also expected to deal with issues covering a wide frequency range and concerning a wide variety of radio communication services.
Engr. Daudu further assured that decisions which would be taken at the conference on Radio Regulations will be critical to the telecoms industry as well as promote connectivity which will directly affect the lives of citizens with important economic impacts on countries such as Nigeria.