Former Public Affairs Director of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Mr. Tony Ojobo has been appointed into the Board of Trustee (BoT) of the African ICT Foundation as President.
TheNewsGuru (TNG) exclusively gathered the former NCC Director of Public Affairs was appointed President of the foundation alongside Dr. Ing Pierre-François Kamanou, who will serve as first Vice President/Francophone Regional Director and Country Director Cameroon of the foundation.
According to the African ICT Foundation, Mr. Ojobo’s appointment as President was in line with existing template of appointment introduced by the founders of the foundation in 2009 following nomination by watchers of the ICT/Telecoms industry in Nigeria.
Also to serve in the BoT alongside the former NCC Director, who also is Chairman Kulturekode Hub, are Ms. Rachel Orumor as 2nd Vice President/Country Director, Republic of Benin, and Senator Iyere Ihenyen as Secretary-General.
Other appointed members of the BoT are Dr. Kevin Nwanze, Professor Effiong Johnson, Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, Dr. Anthony Nwosu, Mr. Oludare Omoniyi Akinbo and Adebunmi Adeola Akimbo.
TNG reports upon convening the first meeting of the BoT, Mr. Ojobo and the new leadership of the African ICT Foundation would elect other officials that will be responsible for the running of the foundation through the secretariat with the full support of its staff.
In his letter of acceptance, Mr. Ojobo expressed excitement, saying “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. A portfolio such as this no doubt comes with a great deal of responsibility”.
He stated that in the age when ICTs are major indices of economic developments, the continent of Africa 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 need to assist businesses and governments with policies that can deliver the desired economic emancipation of Africa.
“With the support of members of the board, we shall do our level best to add our voice to issues pertaining to ICT development in Africa,” he said.
TNG reports inauguration of the BoT will hold February 2019 in earnest, subject to the approval of the BoT