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According to the Convener, Mrs. Mary Uduma, the NIGF is aimed at “providing a sustainable National Forum and structure that engages industry, government, lawmaker, the academia, civil society and all Stakeholders in a strategic national debate on internet governance"
COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE NIGERIA INTERNET GOVERNANCE FORUM (NIGF 2018) HELD AT THE SHEHU MUSA YARADUA CENTRE, ABUJA ON JULY 3, 2018
To facilitate stakeholders’ intervention on the use of Internet for the enthronement of good governance for national economic recovery; stimulate the Internet community open participation in a regional and global Internet policy dialogue on emerging Internet issues; and engage stakeholders toward effective monitoring of the implementation of National Economic & Growth Plan and Sustainable Development Goalsthrough the use of the Internet as an enabler, the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) 2018 was held at the Shehu Musa Yaradua (confirm the correct name) Centre, Abuja, on July 3, 3018. Aptly, the theme was: “Internet as enabler for good governance.”
As part of the objectives, a pre-NIGF Youth Workshop was organized on July 2, 2018 to empower the youth for greater Internet productivity and innovations. In addition to presentations and discussions focused on digital opportunities and means of accessing them, and wealth creation through digital intellectual property, there were demonstration of digital products by some youth start-ups.
The plenary session of the main NIGF was declared open by the Honorable Minister of Communications, Barr. Abdul-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, who equally delivered a special keynote address. Rev. Sunday Folayan, President of Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) in a presentation,outlined the impact of Internet governance process in Nigeria in the last six years. Distinguished paper was presented by Dr. (Mrs.) Oby Ezekwesili, Senior Economic Advisor, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI) on “Internet as an Enabler of Accountability and Transparency.”
To critically address the theme of the Forum, five sub-themes, which formed the focus of the track sessions presentations and panel discussions, were considered, with topics on Enabling Citizen Inclusion in Good Governance, Using Internet to Fight Economic Corruption, Internet Digital Rights And Privacy, Fiscal Transparency For Sustainable Development, And Internet Broadband For Good Governance. Furthermore, Dr. Steve Bassey delivered a paper on impact of EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on national data protection, Mr. Chuks Onuoha on Internet Safeguard For Electoral Process, Mr. Emmanuel Edet from National Information Technology Development Agency delivered a presentation on Enhancing Multi-stakeholder Cooperation and Citizens Engagement in Policy Making & Implementation and Mr. Mamman Ahmadu on Nigeria Open Contracting Portal (NOCOPO).
Over 400 stakeholders attended the forum including participants from public institutions, private sector groups, civil societies, professional bodies, academic community, technical community students and youths, military and para-military organizations, media, security and law enforcement agencies, ICT industry, internet users, and the public. Also in attendance were scholars, research scientists and representative from the National Assembly, States and local governments.