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PROFESSOR MUHAMMED ABUBAKAR RESUMES AS MD/CEO GALAXY BACKBONE

President Muhammed Buhari, GCFR, recently appointed Professor Muhammed Bello Abubakar as the new Managing Director/Chief Executive Of Galaxy Backbone (GBB).  He has since officially resumed and replaces Mr. Yusuf Kazaure who has been at the helm of affairs at Galaxy Backbone for the last five years.

Galaxy Backbone (GBB) is 100% owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria and an agency under the supervision of the Federal Ministry Of Communications and Digital Technology. GBB operates as a limited liability company determined to drive world-class professionalism in its approach to delivering Information Technology and digital services to its customers. GBB is the digital Infrastructure and shared services provider of the Federal Government charged with the responsibility to develop and implement a national network and data infrastructure platform for public and private institutions.

Whilst addressing the staff upon resumption, Professor Abubakar reiterated the vision of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM. He said ‘Digital Economy is the new revolution. I am committed to ensuring that as MD of Galaxy Backbone, I help in achieving the eight (8) pillars of creating a digital economy as developed by the Honourable Minister’.

To read more, click on the link https://galaxybackbone.com.ng/news/professor-muhammed-abubakar-resumes-as-md-ceo-galaxy-backbone/

Dr. PANTAMI LAUDS CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA’S (CBN) DOWNWARD REVIEW OF ELECTRONIC TRANSFER FEES

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim(Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM through a press release signed by his spokesperson, Mrs. Uwa Suleiman, hailed the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for considerably reducing the cost of electronic cash transactions and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card maintenance fees.

This directive from the Regulator of the financial sector he said, will in no small measure contribute to the actualization of a Digital Economy, as lower service charges will encourage a higher patronage of electronic services, especially in the banking and financial services sector.

The Honourable Minister encouraged all decision-making institutions in the country, to enact policies that will give support for and key into the Digital Economy policy of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR.

NIGERIAN SCHOOL ON INTERNET GOVERNANCE (NSIG) 2020 : CALL FOR APPLICATION

The 2020 edition of the Nigerian School on Internet Governance (NSIG) is scheduled to take place in Abuja, Nigeria. NSIG, convened by the Internet Society (ISOC) Nigeria Chapter, in partnership with other Industry Stakeholders is an effort to build additional Internet Governance capacity within Nigeria.

NSIG helps interested Students, Academics as well as individuals working in the public and private sector to get comprehensive and structured knowledge on Internet governance. It also helps participants to better understand the complexity related to Internet governance and its importance to the future of the Internet.

The 2020 NSIG intensive program will cover core Internet governance issues and will integrate political, legal, economic, socio-cultural, and technological dimensions of Internet governance into a coherent curriculum, focusing on Nigeria, Africa, and the global Internet space.

The school will hold prior to the Nigerian Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) to give participants the practical experience of participation at a National Internet Governance Forum.

Internet Society, Nigeria Chapter, and other industry partners will offer full/partial fellowships to a limited number of applicants to participate in the school. There are laid down criteria to Nigeria residents for the full/partial fellowship.

The deadline for applications is January 30, 2020, and interested candidates can apply via http://bit.ly/nsig2020

Successful candidates will be contacted after evaluation. To support the fellowship program and/or for inquiries, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NEXTGEN@ICANN68 APPLICATION ROUND IS NOW OPEN

ICANN Next GenerationThe Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has launched the application round for those interested in participating in the ICANN68 Public Meeting scheduled to take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 22nd June to 25th June 2020. The NextGen@ICANN program is open until 24 January 2020. Successful candidates will be announced on the ICANN website on 24 February 2020.

Prospective members of the NextGen@ICANN program must be enrolled as an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral student between the ages of 18 and 30 and must exhibit interest in ICANN and the Internet ecosystem through examples of current work, activities, public dialogue through their studies, and/or research on the web. Interested applicants are evaluated based on the ICANN set criteria.

Applicants interested in applying for the program should kindly visit NextGen - ICANN for more information.

ICANN AND PTI LEADERSHIP POSITIONS APPLICATION IS OPENED

The Nominating Committee (NomCom) for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites interested individuals to submit applications for key leadership positions within ICANN and Public Technical Identifiers (PTI), an affiliate of ICANN organization.

Unique opportunity exists for selected individuals to work with accomplished colleagues from around the globe to help shape the Internet's technical coordination and policy development. The deadline to submit applications is 18 February 2020 at 23:59 Universal Coordinated Time (UTC).

The vacant positions are listed as follows:

  • Two members of the ICANN Board of Directors.
  • One member of the PTI Board of Directors.
  • Two regional representatives to the At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) – one from the European region and one from the North American region.
  • One member of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council.
  • One member of the Country Code Names Supporting Organization (ccNSO) Council.

Those selected will work to fulfill ICANN's mission to coordinate the global Internet's system of unique identifiers and, in particular, to ensure its stable and secure operation. The selected leaders will make valuable public service contributions towards the evolution of the Domain Name System as an essential global resource.

Applicants interested in applying for any of the positions should kindly visit Apply Now for ICANN and PTI Leadership Positions for more information or https://webportalapp.com/sp/login/icann-nc-submission-portal-2020 to submit their application.

More information on the NomCom webpage is available via https://www.icann.org/nomcom2020

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