As part of activities to celebrate its 25th year of operation and as a way of recognizing the achievements of individuals and corporate organisations who have contributed to the growth and development of Nigeria’s ICT industry in the past 25 years, the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) will publish its first compendium of 100 highly respectable personalities in the telecom and ICT sector in Nigeria.
Announcing the publication at a media briefing in Lagos recently, President, ATCON, Olushola Teniola acknowledged that over the years, some Nigerians had distinguished themselves in the industry and need to be celebrated.
He said the book, which will have a list of the top 100 companies, corporates and personalities has the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Nigerian Communications Commission as its proponents.
The book will be launched in May 2018 and will be distributed in different formats including as an eBook in digital form.
Teniola, while explaining the essence of the book, also pointed out: “It is believed that the publication of this book would further encourage and inspire us as an institution to continue to intensify our advocacy drive in the Nigerian telecom and ICT ecosystem and continuous protection of the existing investment with the sole aim of attracting further investment into the sector as the proposed book is expected to chronicle all that these individuals and corporate organizations have done to grow the industry to where it is today and what they still plan to do in order to speed up the needed future development.”
He further noted that the strategic goals of the book include putting on record those who have contributed to the development of telecom and ICT in Nigeria; chronicling the development that has taken place since the liberalization of the sector and giving the incoming generation the opportunity to learn from the veterans in the telecom industry as well as to determine the future of ICT in Nigeria as barriers to creativities and innovation in Nigeria. This will exhaustively be discussed in the book
While observing that those who fought for the pre liberalization of the sector did not have their names etched on any book in their honour, Teniola said ATCON has taken it upon itself to catalogue those who are leading innovation in the industry in order not to make the same mistake.
“We hope this project would attract huge participation because there is no better way to celebrate than to put in a book format what they have done to grow the entire telecom and ICT ecosystem,” he concluded.
The book, when published, is expected to be distributed through outlets such as Embassies, Universities, Federal and State Government Agencies, Public and private libraries, Telecom and ICT International Events and Media houses.