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Pioneers, Innovators, Advocates Recognised at Nigeria@60 ICT Hall of Fame Awards

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Pioneers Innovators Advocates Recognised at Nigeria@60 ICT Hall of Fame Awards, SiliconNigeria

TechTV Networkin collaboration with TechEconomy.ng, has recognised pioneers, innovators and advocates and influential organisations in the Nigerian telecoms; information and communication technology (ICT).

The award ceremony was part of activities for this year’s Titans of Tech Conference & Exhibition and in commemoration of Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary (Nigeria@60).

The Hybridge event with Virtual & physical attendance was held on October 08, 2020 at Virgin Rose Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos with outstanding personalities and high achievers leveraging technology across sector also recognized for their positive contributions to the nation’s economy.

Pioneers Innovators Advocates Recognised at Nigeria@60 ICT Hall of Fame Awards, SiliconNigeria

L-R: Lare Ayoola, Chairman/CEO, TranterIT, Don Pedro Aganbi, Convener, Titans of Conference and Nigeria @60: ICT Hall of Fame Awards and Chinenye Mba Uzoukwu, President, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria

The awardees include: Most Innovative AgricTech platform of the Year – Farmcrowdy; Excellent Leadership in digital Training Award -Prof. Engr. Mohammed Ajiya (the President, Digital Bridge Institute) and the Broadband Advocate of the Year – Olusola Teniola (President, ATCON).

 Those inducted into the ICT Hall of Fame under TechLegends Award category include;   

Engr. Olawale Ige (former Minister of Communications; HRH Engr. Eze Ogbonna Cletus Iromantu (pioneer EVC, NCC); Engr. Vincent Maduka (for contributions towards the establishment of NCC); Engr. Ernest Ndukwe (former EVC of NCC who led the successful auction of GSM licenses in Nigeria); Engr. Titi Omo-ettu (for playing key role in the liberalisation of the Nigerian telecoms industry); Chief Don Etiebet (pioneered the first Nigerian brand in personal computing) and Chima Onyekwere (championing internet revolution in Nigeria).

Pioneers Innovators Advocates Recognised at Nigeria@60 ICT Hall of Fame Awards, SiliconNigeria


Amos Emmanuel, Founder, Innovation Bed Africa with his Excellence in Leadership Award at the Nigeria @60: ICT Hall of Fame Awards

 Others are Chief Leo Stan Ekeh (pioneered the Desktop Publishing, Computer Graphics in Nigeria and the launch of Zinox Technologies – Nigeria’s behemoth in technology sector); Chris Uwaje (contributions in the conceptualisation framework and content strategy for NITDA policy for Nigeria); Funke Opeke (for pioneering private sector-led Submarine Cable system in West Africa); Olarewaju Ayoola (for setting the stage for IoT revolution in West Africa) and Austin Okere (for innovative and investment acumen that birthed CWG Plc, a leading Pan-African systems integrator).

Pioneers Innovators Advocates Recognised at Nigeria@60 ICT Hall of Fame Awards, SiliconNigeria


L-R: Chris Uwaje, past president, ISPON presentating the Excellence in Leadership Award to Chijioke Ezeh, president, Wireless Applications Solution Providers Association of Nigeria (WASPAN)
 Excellence in Leadership Award recipients are: Chinenye Mba Uzoukwu (President of ISPON); Engr. Gbenga Adebayo (Chairman of ALTON); Engr. Olusola Teniola (President of ATCON); Amos Emmanuel (President, Programos Software Group and Chief Lead at Innovationbed.Africa); Mohammed Rudman (President of NiRA) and Chijioke Ezeh (National Coordinator of WASPAN).
Pioneers Innovators Advocates Recognised at Nigeria@60 ICT Hall of Fame Awards, SiliconNigeria


Prof. Engr. Mohammed Ajiya, CEO, Digital Bridge Institute

 Other individual and corporate awardees are; Government Agency of the Decade – Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC; Telecom Regulator of the Decade – Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC of NCC; Tech CEO of the Year – Chijioke Eke (MD, Sidmach Technologies); Best Public Sector Cloud Infrastructure Provider of the Year – Galaxy Backbone Limited (GBB); ICT Company of the Year – Sidmach Technologies; Most Innovative Covid-19 e-learning platform of the Year – Luminate; ICT Infrastructure Company of the Year – TranterIT. Broadband Company of the Decade – MainOne; Most Innovative Tech Entrepreneur of the Year – Onyeka Akumah; Corporate Communications Manager of the Year – Hadiza Umar.

Pioneers Innovators Advocates Recognised at Nigeria@60 ICT Hall of Fame Awards, SiliconNigeria


Remmy Nweke , Founder, ITRealms with his Excellence in Leadership Award at the Nigeria @60: ICT Hall of Fame Awards

 The organisers also recognised ICT Media Heroes with the award recipients including Aaron Ukudie (Publisher, eWorldnews magazine); Sunny Aragba-Akpore (former Manager at NCC); Okoh Aihe (former NCC staff); Bayero Agabi (President at DigiVation Network); Segun Oruame (Publisher, ITEdge News); Don Pedro Aganbi (Managing Partner at TechTV Networks); Shina Badaru (Founder, Technology Times); Remmy Nweke (Publisher, ITREALMS Group); John Awe (Communications/PR, Globacom Limited). 

Speaking at the event, Don Pedro Aganbi said that the story of the growth of Nigeria’s ICT sector is the ‘story of people’. “These are people who saw the potential; people who invested and many more who worked tirelessly for years to see the growth and success of the industry.”   

“These leaders”, he continued, “inspired morale, accepted responsibility and pushed the frontiers. They are the pillar behind the success stories. So, we deemed it wise to celebrate them on the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary.”

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Ecobank Transnational Incorporated Appoints Tomisin Fashina as Group Executive, Operations & Technology

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Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI), parent company of the Ecobank Group, announces that Tomisin Fashina has been appointed as its new Group Executive for Operations & Technology, a position he will now hold in addition to his existing role of Managing Director of eProcess International.

Ade Ayeyemi, CEO Ecobank Group said: “The rapidly accelerating digital adoption by Africa’s citizenry and businesses, together with the explosion in ecommerce across the continent, is driving transformation throughout the banking and payment sectors. Winning across operations and technology is essential for the Ecobank Group’s short, medium and long-term success, and is an integral requirement of our ongoing determination to continue to meet the evolving expectations of our customers. Tomisin is well experienced to ensure this, and his new role provides him with an overarching view of our operations and technology functions.”

Tomisin has over 30 years of experience, predominantly in technology management and financial services. Before joining the Ecobank Group, Tomisin was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Steward Bank Harare Zimbabwe. He has also been Chief Executive Officer for Yookos, a social media company, and has held several positions at Barclays Bank, including General Manager & Head, Transactional Banking Products, and Channels Management and Director, Cash Management & Payments. Prior to this, at Citigroup South Africa, he held leadership roles in its Global Transaction Services as Division Head & Director, Client Delivery, sub-Saharan Africa; and Division Head, Electronic Banking & Implementation, sub-Saharan Africa.

Tomisin has a BSc degree in Computer Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Lagos and a PhD in Business Management in Leadership from Capella University, Minnesota, USA.

Dr.  Fashina succeeds Eddy Ogbogu as Group Executive, Operations & Technology, following Eddy’s recent retirement after serving the Group for 11 years.

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NCC Directors, Wakil, Asaju Bag NIEEE Fellowship

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NCC Directors Wakil Asaju Bag NIEEE Fellowship, SiliconNigeria

Two directors of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Bako Wakil and Oluwatoyin Asaju have been conferred with the Fellowship of the Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (FNIEEE).

 Wakil, is the Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, while Asaju is the current Director, Spectrum Administration Department at the Commission. Wakil and Asaju both certified engineers, received the Fellowship Award at the 8th Fellowship Conferment and Awards/Dinner of the Institute, held on Saturday, March 27, 2021 in Abuja.

 Wakil holds a Master of Science degree in Information System Engineering, South Bank University, London, (1997) and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, University of Maiduguri (1989). He is a Microsoft-Certified Professional (MCP), Member, Nigerian Society of Engineers (MNSE); Member, Institute of Incorporated Engineers (MIIE) and a COREN-registered engineer.

NCC Directors Wakil Asaju Bag NIEEE Fellowship, SiliconNigeria
Engr. Bako Wakil
NCC Directors Wakil Asaju Bag NIEEE Fellowship, SiliconNigeria
Engr. Oluwatoyin Asaju

 As a professionally experienced and certified engineer with vast expertise in diverse areas of engineering, Wakil has participated in a number of ITU conferences such as World Radio Communications Conference (WRC)-03, WRC-07, World Telecommunications Standardisation Assembly (WTSA-12), ITU Telecom World 2011 and also participated in a number of ITU Study Groups (SG) meetings.

In the same vein, Engr. Asaju holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering (1985), Master of Business Administration (1998) and Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science (2004) all from the prestigious University of Ilorin. A beneficiary of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) postgraduate scholarship programme, Engineer Asaju earned a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications Regulation and Policy (MRP) with distinction from the University of West Indies in 2007.

 As an experienced Engineer and Administrator, Asaju has participated in many local and international conferences where he has made significant contributions in diverse areas of engineering.  He is a member of several professional bodies of international repute, including the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Fellow; Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE); Member, Nigerian Institution of ICT Engineers (NIICTE); Member, Nigerian Institute of ICT Engineers (NIICTE) and Member, Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NIEEE), amongst others. 

 Meanwhile, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta has added his voice to those of colleagues, friends, professional associates and well-wishers of the awardees to felicitate with the duo on the new engineering fellowship status.

 Danbatta said the awards are in recognition of the valuable and selfless service to the society and their widely acknowledged authority in the field of engineering describing the two directors as professionals who have made remarkable contributions to the regulatory achievements of the Commission.

 The EVC said: “I facilitate with Engr. Wakil and Engr. Asaju on the engineering fellowship. As a Fellow of the Institute, I understand that it takes competence, dedication, and integrity in service to bag any engineering Fellowship. These awards have again demonstrated that the awardees are of outstanding character and have excelled in the field of Engineering.” he said

 “On behalf of the Board and Management of the Commission, we rejoice with our Directors; we are proud of their achievements and we wish them the best as they continue to excel in their service to the Commission and the engineering profession in Nigeria,” Danbatta said.

 Wakil and Asaju joined the services of the Commission in 2005 and have moved through the ranks, serving in different capacities before their current positions as Directors Technical Standards & Network Integrity Departments and Director, Spectrum Administrations respectively. 

The NIEEE, established in 1984 as a group of COREN registered electrical engineers, strives to promote professional competence and excellence among members through innovative contributions and development of sustainable solutions to challenging engineering problems by deploying efficient technologies and systems for the benefit of mankind.

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Danbatta Lauds NCC Director, Babajika on LEADS Awards

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The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, has congratulated Mohammed Babajika, Director, Licensing and Authorisation Department of the Commission on his recognition by the League of African Development Students (LEADS)  as ‘’Africa’s Patriotic Personality’’

According to LEADS Africa, Babajika was considered worthy of the award “for his outstanding contribution to Africa’s development and meritorious service to God, humanity and our dear country Nigeria, especially through various national and international assignments in the private/public service and community development.”

Also, the Licensing and Authorisation Department, led by Babajika, was presented with the “LEADS Development Mandate/Service Award” certificate for “pioneering telecom innovation regulations for development in Africa.” The award was “in recognition of the corporate commitment of the entire management and staff of the Commission towards the attainment of its mandate.”

In his congratulatory message, Danbatta said the two awards are a reflection of how well the Commission, through the department, has delivered one of its important functions of issuing operating licences to all telecommunications service providers in Nigeria for economic development, as contained in section 31 of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003.

The Licensing and Authorisation Department of NCC is saddled with the responsibility of issuing licenses to applicants, through the provision of prompt, proactive and effective licensing and authorization toward independent and impartial regulation of the communications sector in Nigeria.

The LEADS Africa is a youth development group with the core aim of sensitizing young persons on democratic developments in Africa while also recognizing exceptional leadership and performance in this regard.

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