By Doris Minimah
The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and other stakeholders have expressed desire for a speedy resolution of the conflict between the Nigerian government and social media giant, Twitter.
ATCON in an official statement today in Lagos said “it is working closely with relevant stakeholders to ensure there is a speedy resolution of the current suspension of Twitter activities in Nigeria.”
Also, the Internet Society, Nigeria Chapter (ISOCNG) has expressed concerns over the developments and said it looks forward to a constructive engagement to resolve the issue.
ATCON’s president, Ikechukwu Nnamani, stated that “while the association and its member companies understand the position of the federal government, the reasons for the directive, and have complied with the directive, it is pertinent that the issue is resolved soon in the interest of all.”
Nnamani that the” OTT platforms of which Twitter is one, is an integral part of the Digital Economy that the federal government is promoting so when an unfortunate disagreement arises with respect to the user policies, it is good it is resolved in a timely manner.”
While describing as regrettable, “the development which has resulted in the telecom regulator issuing a directive to the service providers to deny access to the services of Twitter in Nigeria,” ATCON called for conciliatory steps for the ultimate benefits of Nigerians.
On its own, ISOCNG said that it “is concerned and currently monitoring the media reports on the suspension of Twitter in Nigeria” and looks “forward to constructive engagement with the authorities on the implications of Twitter suspension and the proposed regulation on OTT and its attendant economic implications on the digital economy.”
Adding: “At the Internet Society, we reaffirm our mission for an open, accessible and all inclusive Internet for all.”