Pantami leads Africa to victory in ITU elections – TechEconomy Nigeria
Nigerian Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), Friday 30e September 2022, played a pivotal role in ensuring that Africa won a high-level seat on the leadership team of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
According to Uwa Suleiman, the minister’s spokesperson, the hotly contested post of director of the Union’s Telecommunications Development Bureau, between Africa, the Bahamas and the Middle East, which has been the subject of a third ballot, resulted in the emergence of Dr. Cosmas Zavazava of Zimbabwe as the winner.
The elections, which had been deadlocked after delegates voted twice with none of the candidates reaching the ninety-one votes required to win, were postponed by Plenary Chairman Sabin Samas, to Monday, October 3, 2022.
The head of the Nigerian delegation to the ITU 2022 Plenipotentiary Conference, Professor Pantami, then took the floor and protested against the postponement which he pointed out would disenfranchise the continent as the number of candidates eligible to vote would then be considerably reduced, as most would have done. returned to their various countries.
He insisted that the elections be repeated in a historic third round.
“It would be unfair to Africa if the elections were postponed, as many delegates would have returned to their respective bases by Monday. On behalf of Africa, I insist that the elections be re-run immediately, in order to give a fair chance to all the candidates and I request that the plenary consider this request valid in the interest of Africa and all parties concerned”.
After deliberations, the plenary accepted his request and the process was repeated.
Following his request which was met with a thunderous ovation by the participants, candidates from The Gambia, Pakistan, Cameroon, Congo and Zambia withdrew their candidacies, paving the way for Africa to present a candidate of consensus that ultimately won the elections.
With this victory, Dr. Cosmas Zavazava becomes the only African currently holding a position on ITU’s leadership team and a formidable voice for Africa, in driving the continent’s worst-case digital transformation agenda. served.
It is worth recalling that Professor Pantami, the Nigerian Minister of Communications and the first in the history of the digital economy, has worked tirelessly for the inclusion of Africa in global political affairs, especially in the sector, since his appointment as President of the World Summit on the Information Society. (WSIS) at the ITU.