Omobola Johnson, Nigeria’s communication technology minister. CC image courtesy of the World Economic Forum, on Flickr.
The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) believes broadband connectivity can easily be achieved via collaborations involving various stakeholders.
Professor Tim Unwin, CTO secretary-general, said this while speaking at the CTO Forum in Abuja, Nigeria.
“Broadband connectivity is not something that can be done by one group in society,” Unwin said. “It is not something that can be done by government or a regulator or private sector alone but through a multi-stakeholders collaboration.”
Omobola Johnson, Nigeria’s communication technology minister, said in her opening remarks developed Commonwealth nations like the United Kingdom can also help developing nations with budding national broadband plans.
“While an increasing number of countries, including Nigeria, have recently developed or are developing national broadband plans, countries that had done so earlier provide important opportunities to learn about the implementation of such plans,” Johnson said.
“These countries provide valuable insights on what works and why; as well as what can be improved upon and what to avoid during implementation.”
Speaking yesterday at the closing ceremony, she also stressed the need for collaboration and cooperation.
“In today’s world, we see too often the unfortunate examples of things that tear us apart and so should value any efforts to leverage commonalities and create cooperation in the midst of diversity,” she said.
“This is why we should grab with both hands the issue of the “moral agenda” that has been graphically laid out for us over these past few days.”