It was an evening of celebration of the transformational role of ICT in Nigeria’s development at the Civic Centre, Lagos as the Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) honoured the pioneers, innovators, change drivers of the technological revolution in the country.
Top on the honours list was the Honorable Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson who was recognised as ‘Innovation Accelerator;’ and Prof Cleopas Angaye as ‘ICT Policy Pioneer.’ Also honoured for their immense contribution to the sector were the CEO of online supermart, Konga, Sim Shagaya; Mitchell Elegbe; GMD, Interswitch, Leo Stan Ekeh; Dr. Nadu Denloye; who were awarded with plaques and certificates as ‘Technology Entrepreneurs.’
The Managing Director of pioneering indigenous computer manufacturer, Mrs. Florence Seriki was recognised at the event in the ‘Local Content IT Solutions’ category; while Bilikis Adebiyi, Francis Onwumere, Deji Ogundiran, Adebayo Adegbembo and Adebayo Adebayo were honoured as Young ICT innovators.
CVL Founder, Prof Pat Utomi applauded the honorees for their roles in the accelerated development of Information Technology in Nigeria, which has significantly contributed in making Nigeria the biggest economy in Africa. “ICT as an enabler-industry, and new innovative software has raised the productivity level in several sectors through channels like computing, telecommunication, payment system, e-commerce and broadcasting,” he said.
The ICT awards and recognition ceremony, which is the first in the series of the Economic Growth Celebration also had in attendance other leading industry players, including the Managing Director of Tara Systems, Seni Williams; Executive Director, CSR-in-Action, Bekeme Masade; Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria; Gbenga Sesan; Prof. Charles Uwadia and other sector gurus.
Speaking at the event, Communications Technology Minister, Omobola Johnson expressed delight at the accelerated growth of ICT in Nigeria and how new government policies have effectively contributed to major changes in the sector. She pledged her commitment to the improvement and growth of the sector.
The awardees were selected after a rigorous ICT Impact evaluation process, anchored by CSR-in-Action in partnership with CVL and Red Media. Nominations for the awards were routed through several online entries including CSR-in-Action platform. Speaking on the entries and the selection process, Bekeme Masade, Executive Director, CSR-in-Action and Managing Partner, Red Media, Debola Williams explained that the process was transparent and devoid of favouritism.
The Centre for Values in Leadership celebrates leaders, while instilling leadership values in the next generation. At the heart of the CVL mission is the elevation of the dignity of the human person, beginning from Nigeria. It works to improve the quality of life of young people in Nigeria by building good values in them and providing them with necessary information and technological tools to help them achieve their entrepreneurial and professional goals.
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Culled from CSR-in-Action