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Jonathan pencil down for honour @ICTMedia Centenary Awards

... As Adenuga, Ovia, Belo-Osagie vie for ICT Centenary awards

The President and Commander-In-Chief Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has been pencilled for honour as the “Grand Commander of ICT Promoters in Nigeria” during the ICT Media Centenary conference and awards slated for Wednesday, 8th October 2014 at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Conference Centre, Abuja, reports ITRealms.

The event being hosted by the ICTMedia Initiative would have the trio of Hakeem Belo-Osagie, Jim Ovia and Mike Adenuga.

ITRealms recalls that Belo-Osagie is the chairman of Etisalat Nigeria; while Jim Ovia is the Chairman, Visafone Nigeria Limited and Otunba Mike Adenuga, is the chairman, Globacom.

The trio have been shortlisted to vie for the “Grand Investor in ICT 4 Development” in the special recognition awards category.

The chairman of ICTMedia Initiatives, Mr Aaron Ukodie in a statement issued in Lagos by the organisation’s Director of Communications, Mr. Olubayo Abiodun and made available to ITRealms said that other deserving stakeholders in the ICT sector would be honoured at the one day event, which includes a conference and award night during which the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Dr. Hamadoun TourĂ© has accepted to give the keynote address.

According to Mr. Ukodie, in the other award categories, investors, companies, innovators, pioneer efforts, products and services, regulatory milestones that have stood out within the last century of Nigeria as a nation would be considered for awards.
Some of the award categories include: Most Outstanding Governor in usage of ICT 4 Development (North East, North west, North Central, South South, South East and South West), Premier ICT Officer of The Federation, Outstanding Achievements in ICT for Agriculture and Rural Development, Outstanding Achievements in ICT for financial services, Outstanding Achievements in ICT for Legal Administration, Outstanding Achievements in Software Development, Outstanding Achievements in Hardware Vendors, Outstanding Achievements in ICT for Aviation Services, Outstanding Achievements in ICT for Commerce, and the Most Outstanding Woman in ICT.

Others include: Most Outstanding CEO in ICT, Most Innovative ICT Company, Most Outstanding Bank in ICT usage, Most Outstanding Regulator in ICT, Most Outstanding Public Sector CIO, Most Outstanding Software Solution, Most Customer Friendly ICT Company, Most Outstanding e-Commerce Company, Most Outstanding Insurer in ICT usage, Outstanding achievement in Advocacy, Outstanding Achievement in Infrastructure Deployment, Outstanding Achievement in ICT for Public Services, Outstanding Achievements in ICT for Broadcasting, Outstanding Achievements in ICT for Identity Management, Outstanding Achievements in ICT for Education Development, and the Most Visionary  ICT Entrepreneur of the Century.

The chairman of ICT Media Initiative stressed that individuals, corporates and institutions that have contributed in no small measures to the evolvement of the ICT sector as the biggest contributor to Nigeria’s global recognition are the focus of these awards in order to motivate them for greater contributions to the growth of the nation.

He assured that winners in the different categories would emerge from a painstaking process being undertaken by the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the non-government organisation.

Pointing out that the BoT came up with names in the shortlisted categories for those who have invested money, time, energy and ideas to make the ICT sector stand out as the most strategic and iconic achievement by Nigeria in the last hundred years of its nationhood.

Apart from President Jonathan who through pro-active policy initiatives on the national broadband plan, the cybersecurity national strategy and plan, as well as micro and macro-economic policies that have sustained the growth in the telecoms sector, and increased FDIs inflow, other Nigerians have also invested creatively in the sector to compliment the efforts of the Nigerian government.

Mr. Ukodie stated that the ICT sector has made significant impact on the lives of the urban and rural dwellers as well as the industries and the farming population. Specifically, he said that efficiency matrix in Nigeria had recorded positive strides because of the contributions of the ICT to the lives of the individuals, government machineries and the processes and procedures in the private sector.

The event had already drawn on substantial goodwill and supports from the private and public sectors. The Minister of Communications Technology, Dr. (Mrs.) Omobola Johnson, the Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah, the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Peter Jack, acting Managing Director, Nigerian Satellite Communications Limited, Mrs. Abimbola Alele, Director General National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mr. Emeka Mba and the Director General National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Barrister Chris ‘E. Onyemenam have declared their supports for the event. Others who have also endorsed the event include the immediate past EVC of NCC and Chairman of OpenMedia, Dr Ernest Ndukwe and Managing Director of CWG, Mr. Austin Okere, chairman of Zinox Group, Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh and Mr John Tani Obaro, MD of SystemsSpecs.

Mr. Ukodie said that the main theme of the conference is: ICT in the Nigerian Centenary: Matching towards a Connected Nigeria. “We have also slated other sub-themes for discussion. One of the sub-themes is: Broadband, for a connected Nigeria and prosperity. The conference is intended to sustain the current growth and momentum of discourses and actions that would culminate in the cost-effective deployment of broadband. This fittingly complements the efforts of the Federal Government as exemplified by the inauguration of the National Broadband Initiative,” he said.

He said that ICT Media Initiative is a synergy across three entrepreneurial media groups namely the ICT Publishers Alliance (ICTPA) – comprising leading ICT publications; Business and TechnologyNews Publishers Foundation (BTPF) - made up of foremost business and technology publishers, editors and very senior news managers across Nigeria; and Nigeria ICT Broadcast Network (NIBN).

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