The Twelfth Council Meeting of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation opened in Lagos on Monday (28 October) to discuss future developments and to review it s rules of financial control.
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SV INT Brigadier Mugtala Muhammed meeting officials
SV Nigerian delegate and Vice-Chairman seated
LV Brigadier Muhammed speaking
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MUHAMMED: "It is my privilege which I discharge with great pleasure to welcome you to Nigeria at this opening of the 12th Meeting of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Council.
"In years past the only mode of communication between African countries was through the metropolitan capitals of their colonial masters. With coming into being of the Organisation of African Unity, and talking particularly about Nigeria, the Government of the Federal Republic directed, between 1964 and 1965, that communications must be established for telephone and telegraph between African countries, and within that Period,nigerian External Telecommunications Limited established the services with 16 African countries. It should be realised that this is the only way whereby the nations in Africa could be brought closer to each other politically and economically. Since then the Pan African Telecommunications network was set up. As you may know certain of your members have been designated as International Switching Centres. These positions impose on them certain responsibilities outside those which they hold towards the Commonwealth in telecommunications matters in particular for transit traffic. Mr. Chairman, distinguished representatives and advisers, Ladies and gentlemen, I have great pleasure in declaring this Twelfth fleeting of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Council formally open."
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Background: The Twelfth Council Meeting of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation opened in Lagos on Monday (28 October) to discuss future developments and to review it s rules of financial control.
Representatives from 20 Commonwealth countries, the East African Community and British overseas territories -- as well as associated states -- are attending the two-week Conference.e It is the first time that the Organisation has met in West Africa it was set up in 1967.
Opening the Conference, Nigeria's Commissioner for Communications Brigadier Mugtala Muhammed told delegates that, although the Commonwealth had contributed a great deal to the development of global communications, the rate of development among its members must be stepped up.
He stressed that, if Commonwealth partners are to attract non-Commonwealth countries to use their communications systems, each partner must ensure the easy flow of traffic along its network.
During his opening address, Bridagier Muhammed spoke of the development of telecommunications systems throughout Africa, and the benefits brought to the emergent nations. A transcript of his speech appears below.