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The Logical Communcations Limited in conjunction with the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has organized the 12th edition of the Nigerian Telecom Awards. The event, which took place at the Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos, recently was titled “Information Technology, a Veritable Tool for Governance, and achieving a Corrupt Free Public Administration”.
Stanbic IBTC won Card Payment Bank of the year; Heritage Bank – Technology Bank of the year; PageMicrofinance – Technology Financial Institution of the year; Etisalat – Market Friendly Operator of the year; Globacom – Mobile Telecom Operator of the year; Airtel – Best Customer Service Operator of the year; Yudala – E-Commerce Company of the year; Spectranet – Broad Band Company of the year; World Telecom Labs – Telecom Innovation Company of the year; Slide Airtime – Mobile Marketing Company of the year; Nnamdi Ezeigbo – Telecom Entrepreneur of the Year; X3M Ideas – Telecom Marketing Company of the year; SystemSpecs – Best Software Solution of the year; Segun Ogunsanya (CEO for Airtel) – Telecom CEO of the year; SLOT System Ltd – Mobile Phone Dealer of the year.
Also, the Executive Vice Chairman for Nigerian Communication Commission, Prof. U.G. Danbatta emerged the Telecom Personality of the year, while Chairman, Zinox Group, Mr. Leo Stan Eke (OFR, FNCS) won the African ICT Man of the Year.
In other categories, HipTV/StreetHop won the Best Online Radio of the Year, while the ‘Telecom Hall of Fame’ was carted away by the longest serving Telecom Technocrat since 1956, Chief Ezekiel Fatoye.
Among dignitaries that attended the event were Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan B. Ogunwusi, and other royal majesties of Yoruba kingdom; Minister for Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu; Chairman of Nigerian Communication Commission, Prof. U.G. Danbatta; Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya; MD, 141 limited, Mrs. Olubunmi Oke; Vice Marketing Manager, Airtel, Mr. Femi Oshinlaja; Veteran Telecom Expert, Chief Ezekiel Fatoye, Otunba Biodun Ajiboye and several other eminent personalities.
The Ag. Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Speaker for the event, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, stated in his lecture that ICT can be used to achieve corrupt free governance by checkmating the corruption of public administration governance through the important tools of Preventing, Identification, and Educating (PIE). “Technology makes it easy to track anomalies and corruption in the system”.
He added: “In order to achieve a corrupt free governance process, strong and transparent institutions are needed to be developed”.