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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Mbu commends NITTA as entries pour in

Former foreign affairs minister, Ambassador Matthew Mbu, has commended the Nigerian Information Technology and Telecom Awards (NITTA), for raising the consciousness of the public on the activities of telecom operators, service providers and government institutions in the Nigerian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry.

Speaking on the award, which is on its seventh year, Mbu said, the annual awards programme through due recognition to deserving products, services, operators and institutions, has contributed immensely in shaping the Nigerian ICT industry, and ultimately the nation’s economy.

Ambassador Mbu, who was Nigeria’s first High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, made the observations when he accepted to play the role of Father of the Day at this year’s NITTA, scheduled to hold on November 14 at Muson Centre, Lagos.

“Credible recognitions such as those bestowed on awardees at NITTA must be commended and the integrity of this particular programme needs to be commended so that the Nigerian ICT industry will continue to benefit from the quality work and contributions of those who win at each NITTA event,” he said.

Mbu stressed that as Nigerians worry about quality of service issues, infrastructure and skilled manpower, among others, those who excelled despite these hurdles deserve to be recognised and commended.

“And this is where NITTA comes in and is doing a good job and I commend the organizers,” he said.

Meanwhile, the organisers said enquiries from industry operators, service providers and the general public for this year’s event have almost doubled last year’s, a pointer to the fact that the interest generated by this year’s event is extremely high.

“They’ve been various phone calls, emails and indeed visits by various companies, service providers and operators, all wanting to be kept abreast of activities leading up to the D-Day,” stated Mr. Mkpe Abang, Editor-in-Chief of IT & Telecom Digest, organisers of the event.

Incidentally, NITTA 2008 is also the seventh edition of this yearly awards programme, which IT & Telecom Digest instituted in 2002.

According to the organisers, NITTA 2008 would feature awards in such areas as Mobile, Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT), Internet Service Provider (ISP), Telephone, Computer, Software, Banking Solution, among others, while there will also be individual awards in such areas as personality, Smart phone, Global System for Mobile (GSM) Handset Brand and Telecom CEO of the year.

For the seventh consecutive year now, Africa’s foremost ICT magazine, IT & Telecom Digest has continued to sensitize the public on new heights through its incisive, robust and prestigious awards programme, NITTA.

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