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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

NIG board lauds Ajayi-led exco

Remmy Nweke

BOard of Trustees (BoT) of the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) led by the former Communications Minister, Chief Olawale Ige, has given kudos to the present leadership of the group led by a seasoned telecom engineer, Mr. Lanre Ajayi.

The board at the end of its meeting last month in Lagos, expressed its pleasure on the outlines presented by Mr. Ajayi, especially with the expanded sub-committee structure, which facilitates its being all-inclusive leadership.

Rising from its first historic meeting in the last two years held in Lagos, Chief Ige applauded the initiative of the new executive to reposition NIG towards achieving its goals and objectives at its inception.

Some of these laudable programmes are the Internet For Jobs Initiative, E-readiness, Web Certification, Youth Development, and Grassroots Empowerment to name a few.

He also extolled the virtues and contributions of the past executive and members of NIG, “who have contributed their resources - intellectual, time, financial and otherwise to the continued realization of the aims and objectives of the group despite difficulties encountered occasionally over the years from within and without the organisation.”

He reminded the new executives that this is a “new era, a new dawn, which requires a reassessment, reawakening and restrategising,” if the NIG is to remain focused in its aims and objectives in the ever-changing Information Technology (IT) environment.

In his address to the BOT, President of NIG, Mr. Ajayi, expressed gratitude to the board members for their devotion and commitment to the goals of group.

He informed them that, the new mission of NIG is now expanding to include and focus more on the promotion of local Internet content.

“We now have the pipes (access), it is just right that we build the content that goes into the pipes,” he said.

The NIG President used the event to announce the resuscitation of the NIG website, which has attracted well over 50,000 visitors, stressing that the portal has the capacity to host websites of people and organisations for a reasonable price.

With the operation of the portal, the online discussion groups on major issues in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT), has commenced with distinguished Nigerians as moderators.

The BOT meeting was attended by Chief Ige, Chief Iromantu, Mrs. Maduka, Prof Osuntogun, Mr. Inye Kemabonta of the National IT Development Agency (NITDA) representing Director General of NITDA, Mr. Marcel Eze represented Chief Jim Ovia, while Dr Henry Nkemadu stood in for the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and a representative of Chief Don Etiebet as well as executive members of NIG.

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