Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission, has agreed to set the tone for this year’s Beacon of Information and Communication Technology lecture series scheduled for July 24, 2021.
The EVC will be speaking on the theme: “5G: Exploring New Frontiers for Superior Service Delivery,” which leans heavily on the buzz around 5G that if harnessed to its fullest potential, will feed the accelerated rise of the Internet of Things, enabling a smarter and more connected world.
Now in its 12th year, the BoICT Distinguished Lecture Series is widely regarded as the most prestigious annual event available in the ICT industry in Nigeria.
In a letter to the Editor-in-Chief, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, dated June 16, 2021 and signed by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, NCC, the Commission notified of the management’s approval for the EVC to deliver the keynote address with the title: “5G: Exploring New Frontiers for Superior Service Delivery.”
Expressing delight over the acceptance of the EVC to deliver this year’s BoICT lecture, Ken Nwogbo, Chief Executive Officer and Editor in-Chief, Communication Week Media Limited, said the chief telecom regulator of Nigeria will be addressing issues centred around how 5G technology will be improving service delivery to consumers when fully deployed by operators.
Nwogbo added that the choice of the theme is based on the need to address the conspiracy theory against the technology as well as explore enormous benefits of the 5G in delivery of quality telecommunications services.
According to Nwogbo: “The lecture is followed by the awards ceremony which reward best practices and recognize outstanding contributions to the growth of the ICT sector.
“The awards are free and awardees are chosen by readers of Nigeria Communications Week through a transparent voting process.
“It is designed to explore efforts to put Nigeria on the global Information and Communications Technologies map.”
The lecture series is reserved for distinguished achievers in the ICT sector.
Past keynote lecturers include: Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, then EVC of NCC; Engr. Yomi Bolarinwa, former Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission; Dr. Jean Luc Fort, CEO at OR System France and a specialist in Counterparty Risk; and Prof. Chris Nwagboso, Chairman, Knowledge Factory International, United Kingdom.
Others are: Uche Orji, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority; Biodun Omoniyi, Managing Director/CEO, VDT Communications; Ayotunde Coker, Managing Director, Rack Centre Limited; Peter Adedayo Arogundade, Managing Director and CEO, Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited; John Obaro, CEO and founder of Systemspecs; Dr. Isa Pantanmi, former DG, NITDA; Dr. Obadare Peter Adewale, Co-founder and COO of Digital Encode Limited.