1. 1.     The Nigeria Internet Governance Forum Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (NIGF-MAG) in collaboration with the Government of Kaduna State and other stakeholders in the country is organizing special edition of the annual Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF 2017) in Kaduna state, with the overarching theme ‘’CONNECTING, SHAPING & EMPOWERING THE PEOPLE’’ .


·         Date: 13 July 2017;

·         Venue: the Umaru Musa Yar'Adua Hall, Muhammad Murtala Square, Race Course Road, Kaduna.

·         Chief Host: Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State.

·         Special Guest of Honour: Bar. Adebayo Shittu, the Hon. Minister of Communication Technology, Ministry of Communications


  1. 2.     The objective of NIGF 2017 is to facilitate stakeholders’ participation, contribution and response to the National Internet policy dialogue on contentious Internet issues, empowering stakeholders towards enabling National Economic & Growth Plan and Sustainable Development Goals and safeguarding of our national digital economy.


  1. 3.       The forum is expected to achieve the following outcomes:

                     i.            Stakeholders will be informed with ideas, solutions and interventions relevant for  addressing internet issues in their various communities

                   ii.            Provide common approaches and consensus for impacting emerging policies on economic and development.

                  iii.            Stakeholders engagement in Internet governance policy public hearing and open consultative process in response to global IGF demand for local inclusion.

                  iv.            Stimulate government and stakeholders’ commitment to the adoption and implementation of the outcome document.

                   v.            Strengthen stakeholders’ partnership for the improvement of local IG process

                  vi.            Empower  the youth with internet enterprise innovation

                vii.            Enhance Security and Law Enforcement agencies knowledge for safeguarding Internet community in the country.

               viii.            Harmonize the local multi-stakeholder positions, input and contributions into the regional and global Internet Governance Forum.


  1. 4.   The Secretariat of NIGF and the Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) have concluded arrangement to make this year edition more impactful, diversify, inclusive, accessible and transparently open to stakeholders in the country, providing opportunities to share, discuss, and collaborate together towards addressing critical national challenges on Internet governance, policies and contentious Internet issues currently treading and affecting stakeholders in the country. 


  1. 5.     Learning from the NIGF 2016 outcome with series of consultations, and continuous clamour by the stakeholders for the continuation of NIGF multi-stakeholders dialogue mechanism and interventions on security, economic and development issues in line with the national economic agenda and global development expectations, the 2017 edition of Nigeria Internet Governance Forum has as its overarching theme ‘“Internet: Connecting, Shaping and Empowering the People’’


  1. 6.       The NIGF is a coordinated multi-stakeholders open forum and network for discussions, interactions, contributions and exchange of ideas on challenging and emerging policy issues concerning the Internet and Nigeria Internet community. NIGF further facilitate a sustainable platform for gathering input from Nigerian IG Stakeholders into the sub-regional, regional and global dialogue on emerging policy issues at West Africa IGF, Africa IGF and United Nations IGF to held  from 18-21 December in Geneva, Switzerland, at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG). (


  1. 7.       "In the past 5years, NIGF has evolved into an inclusive Internet policy dialogue mechanism for the country contributing to national development.  2017 is another significant year for NIGF, a time the Federal Government unveils its multi-years national economic recovery and growth plan, when the world is fighting hunger and poverty through the UN global development agenda, and a decisive time the global Internet Governance forum is seeking to shape our digital future amid the escalating incidences of global hack attack and social media malaises ’’


  1. 8.     Therefore, NIGF offers a multi-stakeholder’s hub for all stakeholders from Governments, Civil Society, Businesses, Technical Community, Academia, development partners and Multinational Corporation actively operating in the local Internet ecosystem to come together, harness ideas, build consensus and offer collective solutions for Internet governance in Nigeria.


  1. 9.       What’s more? Nigeria Internet Governance Process has become a regional IG benchmark which has inspired the creation of other national IG initiatives in ECOWAS sub region and Africa.


  1. 10.   Building on these commitments,  the  Multi-stakeholders Advisory Group (MAG) of the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF), - comprising of Ministry of Communication Technology (MCT), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Internet Society Nigeria Chapter (ISOC), DigitalSENSE Africa Media, Creative Technology Development International (CTDL), and Global Network for Cybersolution (GNC)-  in strategic collaboration with the Government of Kaduna State and other local stakeholders is repositioning this special edition of NIGF 2017 to help the country address multifarious Internet and digital economic and security issues.


  1. 11.   NIGF 2017 Event Highlight


                                 I.            Pre-NIGF Training Workshop of the Security & Law Enforcement Agencies.


Date: July 10- 11 2017

Time: 8:am – 5:00pm

Duration: 2 days


                               II.            Pre-NIGF Youth Workshop –


Theme: ‘’Empowering the Connected Youths’’

Date:July 12, 2017

Time: 8:00 am – 5:00pm

Duration: 1 day



                             III.            MAIN NIGF 2017


Theme: INTERNET: Connecting, Shaping & Empowering the People


Date:    July 13, 2017

Time: 8.00 am – 5.00 pm

Duration: 1 day

The NIGF 2017 will be taking into consideration the overarching theme of the global IGF “Shape Your Digital Future’’ and harmonizing the inputs of Nigerian stakeholders into the Global IGF 2017 framework covering: Cybersecurity and Trust; Internet Economy; Access, Inclusiveness and Diversity; Openness; Enhancing Multi-stakeholder Cooperation; Critical Internet Resources; and Emerging Issues..


  1. 13.   The expected format of the NIGF 2017 will be general plenary and syndicate sessions, detail of which will be in the program agenda.


  1. 14.   The following are the NIGF 2017 major tracks in line with the Global IGF Agenda;









Track (1) One


Empowering Rural Agricultural Community



Access, Inclusiveness & Diversity (AID)


Track  (2) Two


Empowering Trade, Investment & Industry for inclusive growth 



Internet Economy (IE)

Track (3) Three

Enabling Internet Regulations with Innovations


Cybersecurity and Trust (CST)


Track (4) Five


Enabling digital intervention for Sustainable  Development



Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Track (5) Six

Internet Broadband for accelerated Economic Recovery 


Critical Internet Resources (CIR)


General Session


Track (6) Six

·         Empowering Sub-national Community for Sustainable Internet Governance Partnership


·         Addressing Fake News on Social Media   


·          Digital Coins & Cryptography

·         Demo Presentations/Emerging Initiatives


Emerging issues (EI)



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