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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

All is set for energy summit - ATCON

ALL is now set for the first-ever energy and power summit being organised by the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) in the nation’s commercial centre, Lagos, this Friday, August 24.

ATCON President, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, who affirmed this, said that the event slated to hold at the Golden Gate, Ikoyi would attract Nigerian professionals across all sectors of the economy.

He also said that the focus would be on proffering solution rather than apportioning blames on why there have been poor management of energy and power in the country.

On why focus on these areas, Dr. Ekuwem said that ATCON as a patriotic organisation knew like most Nigerians that once the energy crisis is fixed, the nation’s economy would change for the better and would be on the way to greatness.

He equally said that there would be some mini-exhibitions by some interested Nigerian experts including those from bio fuel, solar energy to name a few.

“Energy is to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) what blood is to human person,” he asserted.

Dr. Ekuwem who was flanked by the Executive Secretary and coordinator, for Manufacturers subgroup both of ATCON, Messrs Godwin Morgan and David Roberts, emphasised that the day electricity, for instance, is regularly made available to the industries, more employment would be created for the populace.

He further said that responses so far received by ATCON on the summit have been overwhelmingly encouraging and “all is now set for the summit.”

He reaffirmed that the focus would be on the way forward through bio fuels, hydro electricity plan among others rather than lamentations.

As said by him, the solution to be proclaimed must have Proof of Concept (PoC).

In addition, Dr. Ekuwem said that the event to be presided over by the Minister of State for Energy (Power), Mrs. Fatima Balarabe Ibrahim, would be graced by the Minister of Science & Technology, Mrs. Grace Ekpiwhre and Minister of State for Energy (Petroleum), Mr. Henry O. Ajumogobia, both would be attending as special guests and are expected to deliver goodwill messages to the participants, while Minister, Information and Communication, Mr. John Odey would gave a keynote address at the occasion.

He added that a good number of key players in the energy and power sector as well as operators in the telecommunications sector and other stakeholders in the nation’s economy are being expected.

Other dignitaries billed to make special presentations, he said, include the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, Chief Executive, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Ransome Owan and Chief Executive, MTN Nigeria, Mr. Ahmad Farroukh.

Just as special presenters include the Managing Director, L M Ericsson Nigeria, Mr. Lief Edwall, Mr. Maduabuchi Uche of NetTel@Africa Nigeria Group and Managing Director, Orun Energy Limited, Mr. Kwabena R. Smith.

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