ISOC NG holds first media advocacy

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In a bid to make Internet Society, Nigeria Chapter (ISOC NG) more famous and for Nigerians to enjoy the benefits of the organization, ISOC NG engage media practitioners and admonished them to write more about the organization in particular and ICT in general.

The event which was tagged “Reporting ICT: Understanding it effectiveness” was held on Friday, 1st of November, 2019 at Topas Hub, Surulere.

The PRO of the organization, Mr Akinbo. O while welcoming the media advocates explained what ISOC is all about, their activities and said ISOC NG is one of the over 130 chapters of ISOC Global.

Mallam Auta Tata, Secretary, ISOC NG in his opening speech said ISOC is meant to bridge the gap between people and leveraging on media experts to tell people about the organization. According to him, there are several advantages and uses of the internet and not only the bad ones we use to see on the social media.

“ISOC is a global body and what we do is that we try to bring various professionals, we try to engage ourselves in order to bring out policies, engage with government, engage with academics, engage with the market. ISOC have over 130 chapters and Nigeria chapter is 22 years old but the chapter is just revived 2 years ago and we have done so well within the 2 years; we have have launch ourself back into the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), we have launch ourself back into the activities of NCC, we have been part of the stakeholders of these organizations, we have able to launch ourself back into the confidence of ISOC Global and able to get grant to carry out projects such Community Network, Zaria,” Tata asserted.

The representative of Nigeria Network of Operator Group (NG NOG), Dr Wale Adedokun while addressing the members of the press said this year event is the 14th edition of their event. “NG NOG started as a country domestication of AFNOG, there is a continental one, that is Africa Network of Operator Group (AFNOG). AFNOG move from one country to another every year. So sometime in 2015, some of our big brothers discovered that most of the time when you go to some of these training events out of the country, we have a large number of Nigerian youths attended this event and the whole idea here is that the amount of money you spend training one person at one week workshop outside Nigeria can train 5 to 10 people doing the same thing in Nigeria. Nigeria happen to be the first country that domesticated AFNOG. So NG NOG is country domestication of what you find in the continent. So we started by training IT staff of tertiary institutions and we started by moving from one state and institution to another.

The Editor of Leadership Newspaper, Mr Chima Akuaga also admonished journalist not to relent in their efforts to tell the member of the public about ISOC in particular and ICT in general adding that ICT is very wide. According to him, for journalists to be effective in reporting ICT they should know about internet governance bodies such as IGF, AFNIC, etc, they should know the contribution of internet to the nation’s GDP and know about internet exchange point of Nigeria.

“This is the time for ISOC NG to engage the media because the organization have been silent for long.” Akuaga added.

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