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FG backs AUN Prof. for top ATU position

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By Ebele Orakpo

The Federal Government has endorsed an Assistant Professor and chair of the Telecommunication & Wireless Technologies program in the American University of Nigeria, AUN, Dr. Abubakar Hussaini, as Nigeria’s sole candidate to contest the position of Secretary-General of the African Telecommunications Union, ATU this month.

Hussaini said his agenda is to accelerate broadband availability, including the 5G technology, and expand the Global Information Society to include more African users.

He is also promising to nudge the ATU into developing a program of work for Public Protection and Disaster Relief, PPDR.  “This should look at the various PDR options that might be best suited to the requirements of Africa and suggest policies (such as spectrum or joint purchasing schemes) that can best achieve Africa’s security needs.”

A diplomatic note verbale No A.90/2018, dated 13th July, from Nigeria’s Foreign Ministry supporting Dr. Abubakar Hussaini’s candidacy and transmitted to the ATU Secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya, was received and acknowledged by the Secretary-General, Soumaila Abdoulkarim on  July 17.

The Foreign Ministry affirmed in the cover letter that Hussaini, who holds a PhD in Telecommunication from the University of Bradford, UK, possesses a great wealth of experience in telecommunications which are necessary attributes to hold the prestigious office on the continental level.

AUN President, Dr. Dawn Dekle, described Hussaini’s chances as very bright considering his wealth of experience, passion for telecommunications scholarship and commitment to human development. “Dr. ASH is the best man for the job and will proudly fly the Nigerian and AUN flags with the utmost integrity. We wish him good luck,” she said.

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