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NIG to deepen Internet ecosystem advocacy

The new President of the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), Mr. Destiny Amana, has said his leadership would improve advocacy on the various elements of the nation’s Information and Communications Technology industry with a view to boosting the growth of the country’s Internet ecosystem.

Amana, who the chief executive officer of IceCool Contract, said for the next two years, the new NIG team will focus on such areas as raising advocacy on Internet affordability and accessibility as well as working with necessary stakeholders on how to remove challenges being faced my Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

The election of Amana followed the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the premises of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) in Lagos early this month.

Amana took over from the immediate past president of NIG, Ms. Oyeronke M. Oyetunde, whose last two years in office has been described as ‘wasted years in the annals of NIG history.’

Already, industry observers say Oyeronke’s tenure was characterised by sheer inactivity and near death of NIG as the organisation’ voices were seldom heard during industry fora where significant industry development around Internet ecosystem were being discussed.

 

 

Also elected in the current Amana-led current executive committee of NIG are Dr. Bayero Agabi as the new Vice President, Mrs. Nkem Uwaje- Begho, Treasurer; and Hilary Damissah as the Publicity Sec- retary.

The election was supervised by the representative of Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman, Chief Olawale Ige, and former Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Prof. Adeniyi Osuntokun, and former president, Mr. Lanre Ajayi as well Oyetunde were in attendance.

NIG was founded in 1995 as a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, promoting the Internet in Nigeria, with the objective of engaging Nigerian Internet stakeholders on a number of activities, which include policy advocacy, awareness creation and education.

Meanwhile, Amana has said that in the coming weeks, NIG will unfold its agenda for the next two years – all in a bid to boost its contribution to the development of the entire ICT industry.

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