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Saturday, February 24, 2007

ATCON strategises for Pan-Nigerian ICT awards

UMBRELLA body of the telecommunications firms in the country, the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), has said its going to reclaim the pioneering position it established in the 80s by introducing Pan-Nigerian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Awards.

Also ATCON said it would soon unveil its official website to avail both stakeholders and potential partners of its members to gain more insight into modules of the organization and telecommunications companies in the country.

Disclosing these in Lagos in a chat with newsmen, to place the group’s agenda for this quarter on the table, ATCON President, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, said the introduction of Pan-Nigerian ICT award has become imperative given the avalanche of all manner of recognition to stakeholders in recent times.

He said that ATCON has persistently received complaints from concerned stakeholders over recognitions based on what some industry watchers described as ‘higher purchase’ rather than on merit.

He lamented the influx of all manner of awards in the industry, which to a great extent was not the true reflection of things, thereby negating the excellence that should be the watchword of the industry.

To this end, he said, this award and franchising in the telecommunications sector would dominate its stakeholders’ forum being put together by ATCON in March.

He said that the level of industry awards in telecommunications have become alarming, hence ATCON is taking the bull by its horn to institute the pan-industry award.

Details in respect of categories and criteria, he said, would be made known at the end of the group’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for March 31, this year.

He further said that the award would be determined by cohesive discussion.

“If we want Pan-industry award, we should really work for it and come out with something very good,” he counseled.

He assured that ATCON would maintain transparency and merit for the awards.

“The award must be handled in such a way that it would reflect pan-industry. It would be transparently done,” he said, just as he expressed confident that there is no industry wrangling among its members.

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