Recognising the accomplishments in the Information Communication Technology sector and the brains behind them, the Association of Telecom Companies of Nigeria, (ATCON), the umbrella body of all telecommunication companies in Nigeria, has launched a book titled:’100 leading Personalities in Nigerian Telecom/ICT Sector’.
Featuring the who is who in the industry, the publication detailed the profile, achievements, skills as well as innovations of individuals and corporate organisations that have made the industry come this far including challenges and recommendations to lift the industry.
Speaking at the launch of the book which also coincided with the association’s 25th anniversary, the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, praised ATCON on the initiative, which he said would further encourage innovations in the sector, which will in turn, attract more investments for economic expansion.
He said: “Already, the ICT sector has influenced over $32billion Foreign Direct Investments in the country in a decade; no industry has ever attained that threshold. With these positive trends, in no distant time, we would have forgotten about oil.
“As a ministry, we are ever determined to support the industry and always willing to listen to your complaints. If there are areas you see we are not doing well, do not hesitate to call our attention”.
President of the association, Mr. Olusola Teniola, added that there was no better way to mark the association silver jubilee than to specially celebrate the industry and its operators, hence the book initiative.
“The idea of publishing the book was solely conceived to celebrate individuals and corporate organisations that have contributed and still leading innovation and creativity in the industry through their personal and corporate efforts,” he reiterated.
Reviewing the 356 – page book, industry expert, Elvis Eromosele, stated that the book, which is a repository of knowledge is a solid reference point for generations to come.
He recommended the book to embassies, universities, federal and state government agencies, public and private libraries, telecoms and ICT international events such as ITU and Gitex, amongst others.