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The 9th Edition of the Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (vNIGF2020) organised by the NIGF-MAG with the theme: "Achieving Inclusive Digital Economic Development in the Post-COVID 19 Era", held online on 23rd and 24th September 2020. The Nigeria Internet Governance Forum-Multistakeholder Advisory Group (NIGF-MAG), comprises of the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy (FMCDE), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), and other local Internet stakeholders.

Members of the public from the private sector, government, civil society organisations, and inter-governmental organisations, academia as well as internet end-users and stakeholders from the Nigeria Internet community convened virtually for the 9th Edition of the annual Nigeria Internet Governance Forum (NIGF) due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The NIGF stakeholders observed that the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the critical importance of digital technology, in fostering inclusive national development, discussed ways to address the various challenges and opportunities for inclusive digital development amongst other goals.

The Honourable Minister Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy (FMCDE), Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantanmi FNCS, FBCS, FIIM delivered the keynote for the event. Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Mr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)  Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani the 1st Vice President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON),

Anriette Esterhuysen, the UN  IGF MAG chairperson,  gave goodwill messages.

The vNIGF 2020 was chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr. Istifanus Musa.

Other key industry leaders including the Founder and CEO MainONE Ms. Funke Opeke; Chair of the Global IGF MAG, Anriette Estrehuysen; Coordinator, West Africa IGF, Mrs. Mary Uduma;  Prof Adenike Osofisan (University of Ibadan), and her counterpart from Swansea University Dr. Nnenna Ifeanyi Ajufo, a digital expert at Google, Mrs. Titi Akinsanmi; High Tech Centre for Nigerian Women and Youths, Dr. Wunmi Hassan and Coordinator, YouthIGF, Uffa Modey spoke at the event.

Mr. Mohammed Rudman, President, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), gave the closing remarks and the vote of thanks to all the dignitaries, speakers, and participants who attended the vNIGF 2020.

The virtual conference was preceded by the Youth Internet Governance Forum (YIGF) and the Women IGF (WIGF) on 23rd September 2020. The WIGF was in collaboration with the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITDA), with the theme ‘’Women, COVID-19 and the Internet”. The WIGF held to create a forum for women to discuss issues concerning ICT, Internet Policy Space in Nigeria, and how technology interwinds with Gender-Based Violence (GBV); Women Domestic Violence. The WIGF was graced by eminent speakers; Mrs.Uduma Mary (Coordinator WAIGF), Prof Adenike Osofisan (University of Ibadan) who delivered the keynote of the vWIGF, the Executive Secretary/Secretary to the Board of Nigeria Internet Registration Association(NiRA), Mrs. Udeagu Edith, Dr. Nnenna Ifeanyi Ajufo (Swansea University), Mrs. Ede Ene, Mrs. Haruna Ado Maryam, Ms. Saadah Aliyu founder, Shamrock Innovation Hub.

As a panel speaker, Mrs. Edith Udeagu said that to achieve women inclusion in the Internet space, stakeholders should develop and implement smart policies that will be beneficial to women such as, equal opportunity for the girl child, make the Internet more affordable for women and give more opportunities for women to engage in ICT. Expanding internet access for women would benefit the Nigerian Community as informed Nigerian women, who are connected to the Internet and educated will be able to contribute more towards economic and social development.

Images from the 2020 vNIGF