FG Inaugurates Broadband Campaign Panel


The Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson, on Wednesday inaugurated a 15-member ‘Media Advisory Committee’ as part of efforts to foster the broadband campaign.
This was contained in a statement issued in Lagos by Mr Chuddy Oduenyi, the Chairman of the Committee.
The statement said that the constitution of the committee became necessary following the recent launch of the ‘Broadband Awareness Campaign’.
Johnson said that the committee, which is made up of media professionals, was expected to assist communications partners to create publicity for the broadband awareness campaign.
According to her, the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Communications Technology and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has taken the broadband campaign awareness to core international investors at different telecoms fora.
The minister stated that the awareness drive which was aimed at wooing international investors to Nigeria to invest in the broadband plan was beginning to yield positive results.
“Having succeeded in introducing the nation’s broadband plan and its benefits to core investors, the Federal Government decided to have a soft launch on broadband awareness for Nigerians.
“It went ahead to inaugurate the Media Advisory Committee that will further take the campaign to Nigerians in the urban and rural communities, through massive publicity that will highlight the benefits of broadband to Nigerians.
“The committee is also expected to educate the public on what broadband is all about and how Nigerians can easily have access to broadband in various locations where broadband exists,” she said.
The statement also quoted the Vice Chairman of the Broadband Council, Dr Ernest Ndukwe, as advising members of the committee to take the broadband campaign initiative very seriously.
Ndukwe, who is a former Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, said that government was very much interested in making broadband available to Nigerians through the campaign.
Members of the committee include: the Managing Director of Compact Communications, Oduenyi?, as Chairman, the Managing Director of Leap Communications Ltd, Mr Muyiwa Akintunde?, as Secretary, and Mrs Efem Nkanga? from the Ministry of Communications Technology.
Others are Mr Aaron Ukodie (E-World Magazine), Mr Kunle Adekoya (Vanguard Newspapers), Mr Shina Badaru (Technology Times Newspapers), Mr Emma Okonji (ThisDay Newspapers), Mr Bayero Agabi (AIT InfoTech) and Mr Reuben Okala (NTA).
Also on the committee are: Mrs Chioma Ezike (Radio Nigeria), Mrs Ufoma Daro (E-Business Life Magazine), Mr Mkpe Abang (IT & Telecom Digest Magazine), Mr Remmy Nweke (Digital Sense Newspapers), Mr Tolu Ogunlesi? (Social Media) and Mr Bill Okonedo? (BusinessDay Newspapers).