NCC, ALTON back 2021 ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue

Umar Garba Danbatta

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), have drummed support for the 2021 edition of the ITREALMS E-Waste Dialogue. The event comes up, Thursday, December 9, 2021 at Adam’s Hall, Welcome Centre Hotel on Airport Road, Ikeja, Lagos, Time is 9am.

Experts from the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) and E-Waste Producer Responsibility Organisation of Nigeria (EPRON), to name a few, have also lined up to dissect the theme of the dialogue “e-Waste in Nigeria: Consumer as key to Circular Economy & 20 years of GSM.”

Confirming these at the weekend, editor-in-chief, ITREALMS Media group, Mr. Remmy Nweke, said the event would have the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta deliver a keynote address: 20 years of GSM and e-Waste in Nigeria” while ALTON chairman, Engr Gbenga Adebayo would share insight on “ALTON: 20 years of GSM and e-Waste in Nigeria.”

Nweke noted that the importance of tackling electronic waste in the country cannot be over-emphasised, as the nation celebrates 20 years of Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) which made  for easy inflow of electronic devices and usage in Africa’s most populated nation.

Pointing out that the waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) which emanates from the likes of mobile phones, computers, TV-sets, and fridges, among other, have become a set of fastest growing waste streams across the globe.

Professor Danbatta who is serving a second term of five years in office as  Chief Executive Officer of NCc following approval by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2020, earned his BEng, MSc degrees from the Technical University of Wroclaw in Poland and received his PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).

As a multiple award-winning professor, Danbatta successfully spearheaded the attainment and surpassing of Nigeria’s national broadband target in 2018, and is currently among those leading the charge for the realization of the new national broadband target of 70 per cent by 2025, after the country achieved and surpassed its earlier national target of 30 per cent penetration in 2018.

In no small measure, Danbatta has strengthened the role of the telecommunications sector as a major contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, and boosted telecoms investment inflows from $36 billion to over $70 billion since 2015, among others, Nweke wrote in the statement, among other things.

ALTON, on its part, is a body corporate, duly registered in Nigeria and recognized by the government of and NCC as the official industry body for all providers of telecommunications and subsidiary services in Nigeria.

ALTON is ably led by Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, who is Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer of Communication Network Support Services Limited Group of Companies, whose operations cuts across Telecommunication Network maintenance, Call and Contact Centre Service, Media, Broadcasting, Agriculture, Hotels and Hospitality Services, Medical and Hospital Services.
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