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Bashir GwanduThe Executive Commissioner (Technical Services) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Dr Bashir Gwandu has now taken over as the Chairman of The Commonwealth ITU Group (the CIG). Gwandu was unanimously elected as Chairman by the meeting of CIG, at Marlborough House -the Headquarters of the Commonwealth in London following his nomination to the Membership by the outgoing Chairman of the CIG, Dr Bruce Gracie, the Canadian Special Advisor, International Organizations, Industry Canada, Canadian Regulator, who has been chairman of CIG for the last 5 Years. Mr Gracie took over the Chairmanship of CIG from Mr Malcolm Johnson, formerly of Ofcom –the UK Regulator, and currently the Director of the Standardization Bureau of the ITU (the ITU-T).

Gwandu now doubles as Chairman of the Commonwealth ITU Group leading the representatives of the 54-Member Commonwealth Countries at the ITU, and also, the Chairman of Radiocommunications Advisory group of the ITU (the RAG). Gwandu has big shoes to fill because, co-incidentally, just like Gwandu, Dr Gracie was previously Chairman of the RAG, as well as, the Chairman of CIG. A well-known veteran in the sector Dr Gracie commands significant respect from delegates to the ITU in all the three Sectors, having been ITU Council Chair, TSAG Chair, WTDC Chair, Chairman of the Council Group on the Financial Regulations and Chairman of the Council Tripartite Group on Human Resources Management.

Gwandu was formally announced as the Chairman of CIG that is to take over from Dr Gracie, at a get-together, organized by the Commonwealth Telecom Organization in Geneva which was attended by many ITU member countries. The take-over was to come into effect immediately after the World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-12) which was concluded on the 17th February 2012.

With 54 Member countries, the Commonwealth ITU Group can continue to exert significant influence in the telecom arena and within the ITU. It may be recalled that, only recently, the 54 Member African Countries of similar size led by Gwandu carried the day when they requested for 700MHz Frequency Spectrum Allocation at the WRC-12 to enable African Governments to create Jobs, improve Quality of services, and bridge the digital divide between the developing countries of Africa and the developed countries of Europe. Nigeria is now clearly building solid ground at the International ICT Arena and has growing potential to influence decision of international ICT institutions that affect all our daily lives.

We wish him the very best in this new assignment.

Kenneth Omeruo
Omeruo Ndukaku Kenneth is an Innovation Management expert,the CEO of Emerging Media,a new media company.He is a member of ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the US-Africa chamber of Commerce.He is the Founder of TechTrends Nigeria Blog,Nigeria Innovation Summit and the African Innovation Academy.Kenneth is a highly sought-after Internet Marketing Consultant who has through his seminars, articles, training and consulting, helped many organizations, Individuals, Businesses maximize the Internet for business purposes.Kenneth has also being featured as a guest on the TV show TODAY ON STV Nigeria and on Bloomberg Africa TV.He is the author of the best –selling Internet Book: How To Create Unlimited Internet Wealth. He is a syndicated columnist with the following Newspapers in Nigeria: Daily Independent, Financial Standard, PUNCH, BusinessDay, and Sun.Kenneth organises the EduNet Conference for Universities in Nigeria. Kenneth is a member of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria( ISPON ) Roundtable For Capacity Development in Nigeria,member pre-selection committee for Nigeria at the UN World Summit Awards,a Panelist for Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria(YouWIN)-a Federal government initiative created by the ministry of finance,supported by ministries of Communications Technology,Youth Development,Worldbank and DFID. A 2013 Judge at the Google Cloud Developers Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa.He has been a contributing editor of Nigeria Communications Week,Africa Telecom and IT Business Magazine,ICT Today magazine,M2 magazine.Kenneth has been invited to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, Oracle Open World Conference USA, Oracle Cloud World Dubai, and GITEX Dubai. He now lives in New York with his family and presently working on an Open Innovation project for Nigeria. You can contact Kenneth through email: (kenneth (at)techtrendsng.com) Facebook:www.facebook.com/Kenneth.omeruo On Twitter:www.twitter.com/kennethomeruo Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo

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