Wednesday, October 01, 2008

ZOOMmobile commends ATCON

Group Managing Director (GMD), Reliance Telecommunications Limited, trading as ZOOMmobile, Chief Tony Okonkwo, has commended the leadership of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) in its efforts at stimulating rapid growth of telecommunications industry in Nigeria.

Receiving the executive of ATCON in his office last weekend, led by its National President, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, Chief Okonkwo gave kudos to ATCON for its well-conceived programmes and activities which have often promoted intellectual exchanges and knowledge sharing that has helped in enabling sustainable development of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the country.

He noted that a strong industry association has become imperative for creating understanding and industrial harmony amongst competing operators in a rapidly developing sector such as the Nigerian telecommunications industry.

Okonkwo pledged to ensure that ZOOMmobile shows higher interest in ATCON being one of the frontline members of the association, he extolled the patriotic zeal of ATCON’s NEC in tackling issues relating to the growth of the industry.

ATCON, he said, is a very vital advocacy platform for shaping public policies that affect the sector and should therefore be encouraged and given the necessary support to enable it function optimally in the discharge of its programmes and activities in the best interest of the ICT sector in the country.

He confirmed his company’s active participation in the upcoming ComBIT 2008 expo being put together by ATCON and promised to appoint a staff of the company as its representative in ATCON to attend all meetings and participate effectively in all events.

Speaking earlier, Dr. Ekuwem said the visit was an opportunity for ATCON’s NEC to congratulate the management and staff of ZOOMmobile for putting the fire incidence that gutted the company’s network and property a few years ago behind them through exhibition of much resilience, courage and managerial dexterity that have today seen the company repositioning and re-branding to stay ahead of competition.

Ekuwem also observed that without a strong sense of commitment and unbroken focus, the company could have gone down with the disaster that befell it, expressing gladness that the company came out even stronger to the joy and pride of its teeming stakeholders and the association of which the company is a member.

He noted that ZOOMmobile’s rapid expansion of services to many parts of Nigeria, gave rise service penetration and the nation’s teledensity, as well as creating jobs and business opportunities for thousands of Nigerians, thus helping to create wealth and alleviate poverty in the land.

Ekuwem explained that ComBIT 2008 expo, the annual international ICT exhibition and conference organised by ATCON, offers a veritable and cost-effective platform for Zoom Mobile to re-launch its cutting edge services and new corporate identity to a high networth audience that will gather at the expo.

Ekuwem lamented the absence of a mega ICT event in Nigeria which the whole world looks forward to attending every year. He also noted the absence of an international expo centre that competes with what obtains in other parts of the world.

“ATCON’s vision for ComBIT expo is for the whole ICT sector in Nigeria to team up and grow an event that would attract global attention to Nigeria every year. This is one major way we can attract more foreign investments into our nation’s economy,” Ekuwem submitted.

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