Thursday, May 12, 2022

Engr Ige, former Communications Minister, pioneer NIG chair, is dead - ITREALMS

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The former Minister of Communications, and pioneer chairman of the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), Engr Olawale Adeniji Ige, is dead, reports ITREALMS.
Late Engr Olawale Adeniji Ige
The family of Ige of Ile Seedu, Ijeru in Ogbomosho, Oyo State confirmed the passage to glory the former Minister of Communications, Engr Olawale Adeniji Ige, in a public statement available to
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Baba Ige as he was fondly called died on 9th May 2022 at the age of 83yrs. He was a fellow Nigeria Society of Engineers (FNSE), and was honoured with Member of the Federal Republic (MFR), among others.

Affirming the passage of Pa Ige in a public statement endorsed by his senior daughter on behalf of the family, Mrs. Atinuke Olashore, he was the former Director-General, Ministry of Communications before he became a Minister of Communications in 1990 and was reappointed a Minister to coordinate the Ministry of Transport, Aviation, and Communications in 1992.

“Between 1999 and 2010, he served as a member of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the first Director of Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Abuja. Engr Ige was a member of the First World Telecommunications Advisory Group of the International Telecommunications Union with headquarters in Geneva and the pioneer chairman of Nigeria Internet Group (NIG).

“Born on 13th October 1938 in Lagos, he began his working career with Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation in Ibadan as Engineering Assistant in 1957 before proceeding to the United Kingdom to study Electrical Engineering in 1961.

“Upon his return to Nigeria in 1967, he began his working career with the Federal Ministry of Communications (Posts and Communications Department) as an Engineer and rose to become the first coordinating Director (Internal) NITEL and subsequently the General Manager, Long Distance Communications, NITEL in 1985.

“He started his consultancy practice in 1993 and was appointed a consultant on Regional African Satellite Communications implementation.

“In 1979, he was conferred with the national honour of Member of The Federal Republic (MFR) for his contribution to the growth and development of the country.

“He got married to the late Mrs. Aderonke Ige (Nee Fetuga) and their union was blessed with the four children. He was an ardent Baptist and member of First Baptist Church, Lagos where he served as a member of the Deaconate Board.

“He is survived by his children Mrs. Atinuke Olashore, Mr. Babasola Ige, Mr. Adegbola Ige and Mrs. Banke Laycock, and some eight grandchildren.”Funeral rites would be announced by the family.


Ara Midele/Editor

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