By Emma Okonji
A book, capturing the importance of telecommunications in the Nigerian economy, titled: ‘Our Nigerian Story’, which catalogues the development of telecommunications in Nigeria, with impeccable solutions on the way forward for the telecoms industry, has been commended and endorsed by the Office of the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as other key stakeholders.
Other stakeholders that endorsed the book, which is slated for launch on May 5, 2016,, Lagos, include the National Information Technology Development Agency of Nigeria (NITDA), Zinox Technology Group, Slot Technologies, and Sun Newspapers.
The telecoms book, authored by Bisi Olaleye will be launched under the chairmanship of the Chairman of Zinox Technology Group, Leo- Stan Ekeh.
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Femi Adesina, while commending the book, said: “the author has distinguished herself in the industry with more than a decade of experience in telecoms reporting, and has witnessed industry milestones and key policy formulations in the sector.”
He added, “The book is coming at a time when the Buhari administration is reposition the ICT sector to become of the biggest contributor to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the economy. It is a book that should be in the archive of every Nigerian. It is written in a simplified way that will attract Nigerians as well as the non-reading society.”
The book also highlights how the demographic dividend of the large population of Nigeria, which is still growing, served as a critical factor that attracted telecoms investment into the country with the sector presently boasting of over $32 billion investment from about the $500 million in 2001.
“ Olaleye, has painstakingly put the story in a book format for business decision purposes,” he added.
According to Ekeh,”This is a worthy project from an authority in the industry. The author is well known to me and has been documenting the growth of our company and the industry. Zinox will do everything possible to support the worthy cause.”
Managing Director/ Editor in Chief, Sun Newspapers, Mr. Eric Osagie, said: “This is an entrepreneurial project that should be encouraged and commended by all. The author is one of our own and we are proud that she has been a good ambassador of The Sun Publishing Limited, publishers of The Sun titles.”
Also lending his voice to the book, the Acting Director-General NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, said: “We are proud to support ‘Our Nigerian Story’, a chronicle of success stories of companies and agencies in the telecoms sector.”