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Buhari names Senator Ayo Arise, chairman, Sheda Science & Tech

The founder of Cards Technology (Nigeria) Limited, Senator Sylvester Ayodele Arise has been appointed the chairman of the Sheda Science and Technology Complex (SSTC), Abuja by President Muhammadu Buhari, reports ITRealms.

The appointment of Senator Arise, ITRealms gathered, came at the weekend alongside the controversial naming of some dead persons on the boards of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government.

ITRealms reports that at least, one of the prominent appointees out of the 1,467 named by presidency was that of the chairman of the Nigerian Press Council (NPC), given to late Senator Francis Okposo, who reportedly died on December 26, 2016; with his appointment coming over a year after his demise.

However, Senator Arise, who was also the founder of Fortune Games Limited for SMS Lottery was greeted with mixed feelings as the only known figure within the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector in the country to make the list as chairman of an agency in the current dispensation.

Arise who was a Nigerian senator under the flag of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State is to head the 10-man member of the board of SSTC.

Others include Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun, Engr. Kevin Njideaka, Rotimi Erogbogbo, Engr. Bala Abdullahi N., Shuaibu Sidi Bukkuyum, Mohammed D. US, Kolawole Yusuf, Inuwa Mai Mangoro and Gale Idriss.

ITRealms recalls that Senator Arise, whose Card Technologies built the first Third Party Processing Facility in sub-sahara Africa for MasterCard International, became a member of the Nigerian Senate in 2007 but was annulled by Election Tribunal two years later in 2009; to Action Congress candidate, Mr. Olubunmi Adetunmbi, non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2006.

Whilst elected to the National Senate for the Ekiti North constituency, Senator Arise was appointed as the Chairman Senate Committee on Privatization and member of other committees including Local and Foreign Debts, Water, Banking, Insurance & Other Financial Institutions.

Born on 5 October 1956 to a former judge father, Ayo Arise as he is fondly known was Assistant General Secretary of the Students Union at Ibadan Polytechnic (1976–1977); He obtained an M.Sc Urban & Regional Planning from Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama USA in 1984 and is an A+ Certified Computer Engineer, Microsoft Certified Professional.

He taught mathematics and worked as a town planner before venturing into business in 1981 via the celebrated buying and selling of video players and tapes in Nigeria, sequel to establishing a Computer Training Institute in the United States and by the year 2000, Senator Arise launched Cards Technology Limited.

This, ITRealms further gathered, paved the way for the issuance of MasterCard by banks in Nigeria to their customers, thus opening up the opportunity for Nigerians to ecommerce as its known today.
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