Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Internet community upholds honour on Onyekwere

The Internet community in the country has upheld the recent national award bestowed on the chairman, pioneer Internet Service Provision (ISP) company, Linkserve Limited, Chief Chima Apugo Onyekwere.

Champion Infotel recalls that recently, Chief Onyekwere was honoured with the Order of the Niger (OON) by the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

Speaking on behalf of the Internet community, Presidents of the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) and Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), Messrs Lanre Ajayi and Ndukwe Kalu respectively commended the Federal Government (FG) for recognising Chief Onyekwere at this time, adding that it was long overdue.

NiRA president, Mr. Kalu, said it is an honour that is long over due given the importance of Internet in this century, especially by FG.

“Chief Onyekwere has done a lot for the industry and deserve this kind of national honour long time ago,” he said, stressing that personally he was expecting that whenever the honour would come it would be something higher than was given to him.

This, he said is crucial given the importance of Internet in this era and the key role its playing in every economy.

He recalled that for pioneering Internet Service Provision in the country, Chief Onyekwere was imprisoned unduly.

Congratulating Chief Onyekwere, he applauded government for recognising him eventually.

In a congratulatory message by NIG, the group’s president, Mr. Ajayi, said that in the beginning there was no dedicated access to the Internet in Nigeria and Chief Onyekwere said ‘let there be Internet and there was Internet.’

Eulogising Onyekwere on this honour, NIG said it’s a great privilege to have him in the group’s Board of Trustees (BoT).

He emphasised that Chief Onyekwere has contributed immensely to the development of Internet in Nigeria, therefore NIG is heartily proud of him.

“We are proud of his contribution to his motherland. We wish him more success in his endeavours,” he declared.

Linkserve Limited and its subsidiaries were established principally for the provision of Internet solutions amongst other information technology business. As a wholly owned Nigerian company incorporated in 1996, Linkserve commenced operation in 1997 with an IP connection to the Internet offering full services to the public on real time.

It’s clientele cut across financial institutions, foreign missions, NGOs, the oil sector, government establishments, manufacturing sector and trading concerns and is recognised as industry leader.

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