This year’s edition of Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF 2018) holding in Abuja next month will gather private and public sector experts to exchange ideas on issues centered around the Nigerian Internet community, organisers say.
According to a statement made available to Technology Times, Mary Uduma, Chairperson of NIGF, organisers of NIGF 2018, says the event will hold July 2-3, 2018 at the Shehu Musa Yar’Ardua Conference Centre, Abuja, the nation’s seat of power.
With the theme ‘‘‘Internet as Enabler for Good Governance’, NIGF 2018, with the dedicated website, www.nigf.org.ng will facilitate stakeholders’ intervention on the use of Internet for the enthronement of good governance for national economic recovery and also engage stakeholders toward effective monitoring of the implementation of National Economic & Growth Plan and Sustainable Development Goals.
NIGF 2018 will also address the nation’s most critical and evolving issues on Internet governance and advance the nation’s position at the regional and global Internet Governance Forum covering: Cybersecurity and Trust; Internet Economy; Access, Inclusiveness and Diversity; Openness; Enhancing Multi-stakeholder Cooperation; Critical Internet Resources; and Emerging Issues, Uduma says.
According to the NIGF Chairperson, the NIGF 2018 offers a national platform for stakeholders from Governments, Civil Society, Businesses, Technical Community, Academia, development partners and multinational corporation operating in the Nigerian Internet ecosystem to come together, harness ideas, build consensus and offer collective solutions for Internet governance issues in Nigeria.
The two-day NIGF 2018 is organised by the Local Multi-Stakeholders Advisory Group (LMAG) of the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) comprising the Ministry of Communication Technology, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). Others include the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Internet Society (ISOC) Nigeria, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Continental Project Affairs Associates (CPAA), Creative Technology for Development Initiative (CTDI) and DigitalSENSE Africa (DSA) in collaboration with other local stakeholders.
Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, Minster of Communications, is the Special Guest of Honour, and he will declare the forum open.
The first day is devoted to the youth as a pre-event,with the theme “Internet for Opportunities, Value Creation and Empowerment.”
The forum is expected to achieve the following outcomes:
- Stakeholders would be informed with ideas, solutions and interventions relevant for addressing good governance in their various communities.
- Provide common approaches and stakeholders’ consensus for impact good governance policies on national economy, development and security.
- Opportunity for Internet governance policy public hearing and open consultative process in response to the regional and global IGF demand for local inclusion.
- Stimulate government and stakeholders’ commitment to the adoption and implementation of the outcome document.
- Strengthen stakeholders’ partnership for the improvement of local IG process
- Empower the youth for greater Internet productivity and innovations
- Harmonize the local multi-stakeholder positions, input and contributions into the regional and global Internet Governance Forum.