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Nigeria convenes internet governance forum

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

Nigeria’s Communication Technology Ministry, the NCC, NIRA and NITDA are convening a Nigerian Internet Governance Forum next week.

The organisers, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigerian Internet Registration Association (NIRA), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Communication Technology has announced that the Nigerian Internet Governance Forum 2012 will go ahead as scheduled on 25 September at the NICON Luxury International Hotel, Abuja.

The event is a one-day Preparatory National Stakeholders’ Forum, which calls for contributions from various stakeholders such as government, regulators, professional bodies, civil societies, academia, youths and women, operators, security and law enforcement agencies, law makers, international organizations, multilateral development partners, and the general public towards facilitating domestic inputs into the forthcoming Global Internet Governance Forum 2012 taking place at Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan, November 6 – 9, 2012.

The theme of the NIGF 2012 is in alignment with the Theme of the Global IGF 2012:‘Internet Governance for Sustainable Human, Economic and Social Development.’ Please visit: While the event goal is to provide ‘Harmonization of National Multi-Stakeholders Positions based on the Global IGF 2012 Six Point Agenda’:

Access & Diversity (AD), Internet Governance for Development (IG4D), Security, Openness & Privacy (SOP), Managing Critical Internet Resource (MCIR), Emerging Issues (EI) and And Taking Stock & Way Forward.

The NIGF 2012 is scheduled to coordinate, collate and articulate the engagement of public and private sectors, civil societies, academia, security and law enforcement, government, law makers, academia, and the general public in a manner that best promotes and protects the nation’s position on Internet governance at the Global Forum.

The Hon. Minister of Communication Technology will be leading other agencies under the Ministry and will declare the workshop open, while the Forum will be chaired by Rear Admiral A.A. Madueke (retd), GCON, Mni, the Chairman Interconnect Clearinghouse Nigeria (ICN).The event is expected to have a record success on Internet Governance discussions.

The organisers therefore call on all internet stakeholders in the country to visit the NIGF 2012 official website to register and to participate through remote online video streaming. We are committed in ensuring broad participation of stakeholders in the domestic preparatory process leading up to a befitting and benefiting representation at IGF 2012.


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