Nigeria occupies CTO top positions

The 54-member nations of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) has elected Umar Garba Danbatta as its new chairman.

Danbatta, the Acting Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) was elected at this year’s meeting of organisation  in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Chairmanship of the CTO, by its rules, is usually country-specific and the position is held by that country’s chief telecoms regulator.

Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Tony Ojobo, noted that Nigeria won the position in 2014 and by yesterday’s election, the first tenure ended and another began.

Engr. Shola Taylor also assumed office as the Secretary General and Chief Executive of CTO.  He was named Secretary General on June 16, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. 

Danbatta said that Taylor’s 35 years’ experience as a consummate and well groomed engineer will be put to bear on the activities of CTO and it was hoped that he will translate many of those pending decisions to actions in the days ahead “thereby taking the CTO to the next level, providing visionary leadership in the process.”

The election of Nigerians to the  Chairmanship and Secretary General positions, has now given the country full control of the affairs of the close-knit CTO.

Taylor’s appointment and assumption of duty comes a little over two weeks after another Nigerian, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, took over as President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan, Cote D ‘Ivoire.

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