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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

ITAN names Ya’u, secretary general

The National Executive Council of the Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN) has named Mr. Yunusa Zakari Ya’u of Cybertec Venture Limited (CVL) as its new Secretary General.

The council said the appointment of Mr Yau was unanimous as he is expected to overlook the secretariat of the association for the next two years.

President, ITAN, Chief Jimson Olufuye, while revealing this at the weekend, said that Mr. Ya’u was born in 1960 in Katagum Local Government of Bauchi State. He attended Government Secondary School, Azare before enrolling at Bayero University Kano (BUK), where he studied Electrical Engineering.

He later went to ABU to read Telecommunications, and was also a guest researcher in 2002, 2003 and 2006 at the Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden.

He started lecturing from 1984 at BUK until 1999 when he resigned to join AITEC (UK) as an ICT consultant.

According to a press statement made available to Champion Infotel, since then, Mr. Ya’u has been working as Chief Executive Officer, Cybertec Venture Limited (CVL), Kano and is the founder of the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), a non-governmental organization focusing on the promotion of ICT for development based in Kano.

He was the founding Secretary of the Kano Branch of the Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN) and is also the Chairman, Grassroots Empowerment Committee of the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) as well as a member of the board of trustees, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA).

He has served as a member of the NuNet Committee, Bayero University, Kano, Kano State ICT Policy Drafting Committee, Committee for the Establishment of the Ado Bayero Computer College, Consultant for the establishment of the Kano State ICT Park and to several other organizations such as the CODESRIA, MacArthur Foundation, the Centre for Research and Documentation, among others.

He has authored and edited eight books and 20 contributed chapters among several journal articles.

As a writer, he has run many columns on IT and currently is a columnist with the Daily Independent newspapers.

ITAN is the association of major IT companies in the country with peculiar focus on local hardware development.

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