The Minister of Communications and Digital economy, Dr Ibrahim Isa Pantami with a cross section of delegates and Information and Communications Ministers from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Mali at the WATRA Assembly in Abuja
The Federal Government is to further collaborate with its West African counterparts in harnessing the potentials of the telecommunications to foster socio-economic growth and security development.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Ibrahim Isa Pantami stated this at the opening of the Annual West African Telecommunications Regulator Assembly, WATRA held in Abuja.
Dr Ibrahim Isa Pantami said telecommunications had influenced the lives of millions of people on the West African block therefore it must be effectively managed to check crime and abuse.
He said Nigeria is resolute in ensuring the opportunities in the sector are fully harnessed.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, Professor Garba Danbatta described the event as necessary as millions of people were still left out of telecomm connectivity in West Africa.
Two delegates at the Assembly, The Liberian Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Counsellor Cooper Kruah and the Sierra-Leonean Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Mrs. Mamadi Gobe-Karama said more women are now taking top places in the sector as the conference would assist the member countries to study the dynamics of the telecomm sector in west Africa especially in view of the new norm brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The WATRA Assembly which is an annual event for telecom regulators from all Nations on the West African Block to assess and compare successes and challenges in the telecomm sector, was attended by fourteen delegates including four ministers from Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Mali.