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ICANN Board Approves 2 Year Extension of President/CEO Term



ICANN Board Approves 2Year Extension of President/CEO Term, SiliconNigeria

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that the ICANN Board of Directors has approved a two-year extension to President and CEO Göran Marby’s Executive Services Agreement term. It will now expire on 23 May 2024.

“I’m pleased to announce that the ICANN Board has voted to offer Göran a two-year extension to his current contract,” said Maarten Botterman, Chairman of the ICANN Board. “Göran is a CEO who has excelled in reaching out and working closely with the community and Board to address the challenges and opportunities we face.”

In its rationale for the resolution, the Board noted that Marby is “dedicated to ICANN’s mission, including supporting the ICANN Community in its policy development work, and is very committed to continuing help ensure and solidify the understanding of ICANN’s role within the Internet community.”

An extension to May 2024 will provide continuity in leadership during the initial implementation of the FY21-FY25 Operating and Financial Plan, as well as the ongoing work over its first several years of operation.

“In the nearly four and a half years that I have served as ICANN President and CEO, it has been my honor and privilege to lead the ICANN organization staff and work hand-in-hand with the ICANN Board and community. I thank the ICANN org staff for their commitment, support, and exceptional work,” said Marby.

“ICANN provides an important service to the global Internet community, and our work is never done. I am humbled by the Board’s trust in me, and look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

ICANN’s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you have to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other.

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ICANN Honours Ramanou Biaou with 2020 Dr. Tarek Kamel Award



ICANN Honours Ramanou Biaou with 2020 Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building, SiliconNigeria

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has honored Ramanou Biaou as the first recipient of the 2020 Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building.

The ICANN Board recognizes Biaou’s commitment to local and regional capacity-building programs in his home country of Benin as well as across Africa.

He has worked to improve the technical skills of women in Africa and encouraged their participation in endeavors related to the Internet and Domain Name System (DNS). Through his efforts, the diversity and number of new ICANN community members increased.

ICANN Honours Ramanou Biaou with 2020 Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building, SiliconNigeria

Since 2018, Biaou has been the President of the Internet Society, Benin Chapter. He introduced a programme to enable local community members’ participation in meetings with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and ICANN.

Biaou is active in the African Regional At-Large Organization (AFRALO) at ICANN and also serves as a member of the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) Caucus.

ICANN first introduced the Dr. Tarek Kamel Award for Capacity Building in January 2020 to honor members of the ICANN community who have contributed significantly to national, regional, or global capacity-development programs related to ICANN’s mission. This award was established in honor of the late Dr. Tarek Kamel, an Internet pioneer known for his contributions to global Internet governance. At the time of his passing, Dr. Kamel was ICANN’s Senior Advisor to the President and Senior Vice President for Government and Intergovernmental Organization Engagement

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Nigeria @60: Remmy Nweke inducted into ICT Hall of Fame for Uplifting Internet Governance Ecosystem



Nigeria @60: Remmy Nweke inducted into ICT Hall of Fame for Uplifting Internet Governance Ecosystem, SiliconNigeria
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Lead Consulting Strategist and Group Executive Editor, ITREALMS Media group, Mr. Remmy Nweke has been inducted into the Nigeria @60 ICT Hall of Fame, hosted by Titans of Tech, an initiative of TechTv Network in collaboration with on Thursday. 

Nweke was among over 60 other ICT industry players recognized at the event held at Virgin Rose Resort, Victoria Island Lagos for their various contributions since independence and precisely in the last 20 years which saw to the blossom of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) following the deregulation of telecommunications sector by President Olusegun Obasanjo administration. 

He was recognized precisely for consistency in technology reporting and engaging ICT partners across the globe as well as energetic pursuit of clarity of purpose on the Internet Governance ecosystem, local capacity building and information sharing deploying multi-award winning ITREALMS OnlineDigitalSENSE Business Magazine and NaijaAgroNet

His award was also presented by the President of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Mr. Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, who himself bagged an award for passionate advocacy of software and innovation as key to leadership and value creation in the competitive 21st century. 

Equally inducted into the Nigeria @60 ICT Hall of Fame awards include Engr Olawale Ige, Engr. Vincent Maduka, HRH Eze (Engr) Ogbonna Cletus Iromantu, Engr. Titi Omo-Ettu, Engr. Ernest Ndukwe, Chief Chris Uwaje, Mr. Tim Akano, Dr. Yele Okeremi, Mr. Collins Onuegbu, Mr. Abiodun Omoniyi, Mr. Lare Ayoola of Tranter IT group, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the current Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Engr. Gbenga Adebayo of ALTON, Mr. Stanley Jegede, Dr. Mike Adenuga, Mrs Juliet Ehimuan Chiazor, Mrs Nkemdilim Begho and Dr. Leo-Stan Ekeh of Zinox Technologies, Chief Chima Onyekwere, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, Muhammed Rudman of IXPN, Emmanuel Amos of Programos, Mr. Olusola Teniola of ATCON, Prof. Engr. Mohammed Ajiya of Digital Bridge Institute, and Prof. Charles Uwadia of Computer Professionals Registrations Council. 

Additional inductees were Engr. Ike Nnamani of Medallion, Mr. Chijioke Eke, Obong Mkpe Abang, Aaron Ukodie, Mrs. Ufuoma Daro, Dr Bayero Agabi, Shina Badaru, Abimbola Tooki, Don Pedro Aganbi, Ken Nwogbo, Segun Oruame, John Awe, Okoh Aihe, and Sonny Aragba-Akpore, Hajia Hadiza Umar of NITDA, to name a few. 

Speaking on behalf of the organisers, Don Pedro Aganbi congratulated all the nominees for the 2020 awards, saying that they all were being recognized in their own rights based on various contributions made to the ICT industry as Nigeria marked the diamond independence, through development, deployment and advancement, which have helped immensely in driving the nation’s future with innovative thought leadership and products, applications as well as business solutions consistently nurtured to life. 

“It is beyond dispute that the work that you all do is essential to enhancing our quality of life as a nation and individual members of the Nigerian nation,” he said, noting that Titans of Tech is a flagship industry event that annually celebrates excellence in the Nigerian ICT space.

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ipNX Partners Oyo State On Free Internet for Public Secondary Schools



ipNX Partners Oyo State On Free Internet for Public Secondary Schools, SiliconNigeria

PHOTO: L- R: Group Executive Director, Commercials ipNX, Bimpe Olaleye, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Oyo State, Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye, Chief of Staff to the Governor of Oyo State, Chief Bisi Ilaka, Group Executive Director, HR & Corporate Services, ipNX, Folashade Efiong-Bassey, and Special Assistant to the Governor of Oyo State On ICT & E-governance, Bayo Akande at the handover ceremony of free high-speed broadband internet connectivity to public secondary schools in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Thursday, October 8, 2020.

Nigeria’s pioneering and leading information, communications and technology (ICT) company, ipNX, has partnered with the Oyo State government to provide free high speed broadband internet connection to two public secondary schools in the State in a bid to improve access to technology for students and teachers.

The initiative is in continuation of ipNX’s broader CSR for Education Programme and Oyo State Internet Programme for Schools.

With access to high speed broadband connection from ipNX, teachers and students of Government College Ibadan and Bishop Phillips Academy, Monatan –– the first set of Oyo State schools selected for the project –– are empowered to fully appropriate the benefits of modern technology in the classroom.

The facility was handed over to the two institutions in Ibadan on Thursday October 8, 2020, at a ceremony which had in attendance Chief of Staff to the Oyo State Governor, Chief Bisi Ilaka, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Sunkanmi Olaleye, Special Adviser (SA) on ICT and E-Governance to the Governor, Mr Bayo Akande, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Alhaja Atere Aminat Bamidele,  Chief Technology Architect, ipNX Mr Seun Oluboyo, as well as Principals and students of the schools.

The schools will enjoy individual 10Mbps (Megabit per second) internet service free for five years in the first instance, and renewable thereafter.

According to Group Executive Director, HR & Corporate Services, ipNX, Folashade Efiong-Bassey, “With ipNX’s superior broadband infrastructure, we are providing Oyo state public secondary schools within our path of fibre coverage, with free high speed internet connectivity to enable thousands of students and teachers appropriate the benefits of technology in the classroom.

“We believe this will facilitate the goals of the State in improving the education, science and technology sectors, which is a vision of the administration of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde.  Moreover, this initiative complements the recent Federal Government intention to implement Zero-rating for education websites as part of efforts to ameliorate the impact of Covid-19 on Nigeria’s education sector.”

As an organisation, a major portion of ipNX’s corporate social investment has been dedicated to education, and since 2011, the company has provided free internet service to 55 public secondary schools in Lagos state. 

As one of Nigeria’s pioneering ICT companies, and a leading Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) operator, ipNX believes that world-class connectivity and broadband access to the internet will provide more opportunities for students and teachers to find the best practices, create new solutions, connect and inspire each other, all towards the achievement of better learning outcomes. The empowerment of students in this way is pivotal to the digital transformation and socio-economic development of Nigeria.

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