Ojobo, New AIF President, Pledges Strong ICT Push For Africa

The newly appointed President of the African ICT Foundation, Mr. Tony Ojobo has pledged commitment to making Nigeria’s voice in ICT sound louder in the African arena.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Ojobo noted: “It is with a sense of humility that I accept this appointment, knowing that there abound an array of more knowledgeable and experienced professionals in this field. I feel humbled that I have been considered worthy of this responsibility.”

Mr. Ojobo was appointed into the Board of Trustee (BoT) of the Foundation in line with the existing template of appointment introduced by the founders of the Foundation in 2009, following nomination by watchers of the ICT/Telecoms industry in Nigeria.

Further stating his commitment, Mr. Ojobo charged all stakeholders on the relevance of making ICT work in all spheres of our economy. “In the age when ICTs are major indices of economic developments, the continent cannot afford to be sleeping. It’s high time we woke up to the reality facing us at this time. The advancement of the continent vis a vis the economic development lies with the ICT capabilities of her people. With the level of disruptive innovations facing businesses today, there is a need to assist businesses and governments with policies that can deliver the desired economic emancipation of Africa.”

While acknowledging that the new portfolio will no doubt come with a great deal of responsibility, Mr. Ojobo canvassed for the support of members of the Board and assured that they shall do their best to add their voice to issues pertaining to ICT development in Africa. “With God on our side, we hope to make a difference,” he further asserts.

In his introductory statement, former Senior Manager at NNPC and Out-Going Chairman/President of the Foundation, Elder, Dr. Samuel I. Ikiddeh congratulated the New BOT members and noted that inauguration will hold in February 2019.

Other members of the Board include,

Founder/CEO, GTS-Infotel Network, Dr. Ing Pierre-François Kamanou  as 1st Vice President/ Francophone Regional Director and Country Director Cameroon; a robotic engineer and Tech entrepreneur/Founder/CEO ;Sens Orbit Nigeria and the Soft Digital, Republic of Benin, Ms. Rachel Orumor as 2nd Vice President /Country Director, Republic of Benin.

Others include intellectual property and information technology lawyer/ Lead Partner at Infusion Lawyers, Senator Iyere Ihenyen as Secretary-General; Co-founder and Chairman of Detechno-fluid Services Limited, Dr. Kevin Nwanze; Professor Effiong Johnson; Chief Executive Officer, Medallion Communications Limited, Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani.

Other members of the BOT are:

ICT and business consultant/CEO Astongate Consult, and former 1st Vice, President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Dr. Anthony Nwosu; a Cloud Technology Expert and Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Tishri InfoTech Ltd, Mr. Oludare Omoniyi Akinbo and Board member of NiRA,  Adebunmi Adeola Akimbo k

African ICT Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit and non-partisan empowerment and educational organization whose mission is to formulate, evaluate, and promote policy solutions that accelerate innovations and boost productivity to spur growth, opportunity, and progress in the ICT ecosystem, Africa.

The African ICT Foundation was established in 2009 to discover new opportunities in ICT that will have a positive impact on the African economy, tackle challenges, and avoid potential difficulties.

The Foundation has a secretariat based in Nigeria with other offices in Africa.

 

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