Liyel Imoke to declare open World Telecom Day
THE Governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke, will declare open the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day slated for Calabar, Cross River State on May 17.
The occasion will be attended by people from different parts of the world, thereby contributing to the tourism development of the state, an important sector to the governor.
The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is being organized in Nigeria by International Community Education Association (ICEA) in conjunction with Centre for Wireless Telecommunication-Irex Technologies on the theme: Effects of Telecommunication on Community Development in Africa, and being co-ordinated by Profesor Isaac Esema, Chairman, ICEA, Nigeria Chapter, Professor Mathew Ebenezer, ICEA co-ordinator, South-South Region, Dr. Akpanim Ntekim, Associate Professor, Faculty of science and Management Sciences, Akwa Ibom State University, Uyo and Mr. Irebola Ajeboriogbon, Director, Irex Technologies Centre for Wireless Telecommunications.
The event is celebrated yearly on h May 17 to mark the anniversary of the signature of the first international telegraph conversion in 1865 which led to the creation of the International Telecommunication Union. The purpose is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of internet and telecommunication technologies can bring to societies and economies, as well as ways to bridge the digital divide.
Speaking on the event, Professor Esema said it will involve participation of major network operators in Nigeria, government agencies, Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), African Communication Union (ATU), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and telecommunication subscribers, amongst others.
According to Professor Esema, who was recently appointed Director, Centre for Wireless Communications at the Intercontinental University, Port-Novo, Republic of Benin, another major highlight of the celebration would be a 1million-man match all- around Calabar metropolis.
Professor Esema explained that the programme is also designed to promote national policies to encourage the use of telecommunication network services, promote community awareness towards discouraging telecommunication infrastructural vandalization practices within communities; promote the development and use of ICT, creating awareness on rural telecommunication services, and encouraging community education through distance / open learning by means of internet services.
He said the celebration will also feature a seminar/workshop on topics which include: Introduction of community development, in line with ICEA definition; Telecommunication development in Africa and issues affecting telecommunication infrastructure in the development of our communities.
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