Ojobo accepts African ICT Foundation nominations

Ex-NCC Spokesman, Ojobo Nominated for African ICT Foundation BoT

Ex-NCC Spokesman, Ojobo Nominated for African ICT Foundation BoT

Former Director of Public Affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Mr. Tony Ojobo has accepted the nomination of concerned ICT stakeholders in Nigeria to join the Board of Trustee of the African ICT Foundation, (AICTF).

In his acceptance letter, Mr. Ojobo said: “I feel honoured to have been nominated for this assignment. The ICT ecosystem in Africa is in a state of emergency and all hands must be on deck to leverage technology for the advancement of our economies.”

Ojobo who recently retired from the NCC, which is often described as Africa’s best telecoms regulator has won several awards in and out of Nigeria for his role in the growth and development of the telecoms industry in Nigeria.

In 2017, he was named the most outstanding Public Affairs Spokesperson of the year 2016 by the Authority Newspaper describing him consummate communication driver of the critical government agency in a milieu where legitimate expectations are high and tempers short”.

Also nominated to join the BOT is Senator Iyare Ihenyen, the Lead Partner Infusion Lawyers, and a passionate technology legal luminary cum astute lawmaker of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In his short acceptance letter he graciously said he was excited to join the board.

The Chief Executive officer of Kobokings Limited, Mr. Adebunmi Akinbo who has accepted his nomination said he is passionate to see an African society that is “ready to tell its own stories and write its own history with digital depth and unique languages: a mission that our innovation of Culture Games by Culture Hubs is championing across the continent of Africa.”

The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of femCoders Robotics, Ms. Rachael Orumor from the Republic of Benin, and the only woman so far on the BOT while accepting the offer said: “It is vital that we strive to promote scalable tech solutions. We cannot scale without having tech policies and recommendations by Africans and for the African continent.”

Orumor, a Robotic engineer said: “We need to take advantage of our exposure to recent technologies by creating policies which foster technology access to all Africans.”

She added: “As a young woman with quite a number of experiences on technological penetration and its use in African countries, I am convinced that my contributions will be valuable for future policies and recommendations.

She said further that she is positive about the mission of the Africa ICT Foundation, which is to “make information and communication technology more affordable and reachable for Africans.”

Others who have accepted to serve in the BOT are Prof. Effiong Johnson, Professor of Theatre Art University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State;  Engr. Kevin Nwanze, CEO, Detechno-fluid Services Limited, Lagos; Dr. Anthony Nwosu, CEO, Astongate Consult, Lagos and Mr. Oludare AKINBO, CEO/Founder, Tishri Technologies Limited.

The exiting Board of the Foundation are Dr. Samuel I. Ikiddeh – NNPC as Chairman, Engr. Emmanuel E. Ekuwem-Phd –Teledom Group, (now SSG to the Akwa Ibom State Government) . Engr. Lanre Ajayi-Former ATCON President and CEO, Pinet Informatics Ltd., Mr. Aliyu D. Ibrahim – (NCC), Dr. Olufunsho Olusanya, Rector,D S Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic,  Itori Ogun state(Former ICT gateway Polytechnic, Itori Ogun State)  and Rev. Oke Omezi, Legal Practitioner and Pastor of the Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) among others.

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