Wednesday, September 16, 2009

NIG, ITAN want Kalu immortalized


As the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector mourns the sudden death of the President of the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), Mr. Ndukwe Kalu, the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) has called for immortalization of his name, reports CHARLES OKOH.

This is coming as the Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN) has described late Kalu as one of the special few intellectually endowed Nigerians worthy of emulation.

Press statements from both industry groups endorsed by their presidents, Messrs Lanre Ajayi and Jimson Olufuye, were full of eulogizies for the late Mr. Kalu.

According to Ajayi, NIG is saddened with the news that one of its own and President of NiRA, Mr. Ndukwe Kalu, whose sudden death occurred last week.

NIG, he said, conveyed its sincere condolence to the entire Nigerian Internet community, NiRA and Amsco Telecom where late Kalu was the chief executive before his death as well as his immediate family.

Describing Kalu as a gem that has gone too early in life, NIG recalled his impeccable input at various Internet gathering and especially the evolution that befell the localization of the hosting of the Nigeria’s country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) name, .ng.

“This achievement must not be forgotten in a hurry and thus we advocate the immortalization of the ideals and patriotic believes of Mr. Ndukwe Kalu,” he urged.

Equally in his condolence on Kalu’s demise, ITAN president, Olufuye said that the end of everyone is death and has struck again, taking away “our very dear Kalu Ndukwe.” ITAN noted that Kalu was one of the few special Nigerians who believe in Nigeria and are ready to pay the supreme price by sticking out their necks to serve relentlessly in an environment where the overworked and overstressed for peanuts.

“I join the IT family to condole his family. It is a transformation we never thought would happen now but what can we say other than to pray for the family for the comfort of the Holy Spirit and the assurance of eternal abode in the bosom of the Lord,” he said.

The ITAN president quoted 1 Thess.4:13-14, saying that Kalu has only taken a deep sleep from earth, but hope to see him in eternity.

He enjoined Nigerian IT professionals to emulate Kalu as his legacy was apparent for all to see in NIRA, IT Policy Review to name a few.

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