National Information Technology Merit Awards – NITMA
NITMA is an annual event organized by Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) to acknowledge, celebrate and reward corporate organizations and individuals who are outstanding in their various Information Technology (IT) practice and have also contributed immensely to the development of the profession in Nigeria.
NITMA is awarded only to companies and individuals with valid licenses to practice Information Technology (IT) in Nigeria i.e must be registered by:
1. Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN)
2. Nigeria Computer Society (NCS)
3. Corporate Affairs Commission (for corporate organizations)
Venue: Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos
Date: December 14, 2012 | Time: 6:00pm prompt
IT Personality of the Year 2012 – Nominees:
- Ernest I. Osagie – Pubisher, Computer.com
- Hassan U. Alao - MD, Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited
- Juliet Ehimuan Chiazor - Country Manager, Google Nigeria – WINNER
- Sanusi Lamido Sanusi – Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria
Professional Fellowship Awards:
- Adegoke, Rasheed Aderemi
- Aderounmu, Ganiyu Adesola
- Akinlade, Titilola Olusola
- Arah, Umunna Onyekwelu Aniekan
- Arogundade, Adedayo Peter Sunday
- Awodele, Oludele
- Bello, Aderonke Abosede
- Juwah, Eugene Ikemefuna
- Olajide, Michael Ajibola
- Williams, Olufemi Sunday
Honourary Fellowship Awards:
- Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR – Former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria:
The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector experienced accelerated development during Chief Obasanjo’s tenure as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. His vision and unparallel passion for the development of the ICT sector led to the establishment of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Galaxy Backbone, launching of SAT 3 by Nigeria Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT), National Communication Commission (NCC), Computerize Nigeria to encourage the use of made in Nigeria computer systems, among others.
The deregulation and liberalization of telecommunications services embarked on by the Obasanjo administration touched the life of every Nigerian in a revolutionary manner. His transformation of the sector not only created jobs in significant numbers all across the country but more importantly made communication easy and possible for all Nigerians.
2. Senator Liyel Imoke – Executive Governor of Cross Rivers State:
Senator Liyel Imoke, Governor of Cross River has advanced technology development not only in his state, but in the South South region and nationally. Through his leadership Cross River state has implemented technology projects that have improved education, public service delivery and job creation. An apostle of innovation, his administration has invested massively in IT deployment and he is a public servant that has continually used his high visibility and influence as Senator and Governor to support and advance the cause of technology development in Nigeria. He is the engine behind the establishment of the world class knowledge cluster known as the Tinapa Knowledge City (TKC). Furthermore, under his watch, Cross River state has aggressively supported and invested in the promotion of software development in Nigeria by single handedly hosting several National Software Conferences organized by the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), an NCS interest group. Senator Liyel Imoke is a seasoned administrator, innovation champion and technology evangelist.
3. Mr. Jim Ovia – Former MD/CEO, Zenith Bank plc:
Mr. Jim Ovia, MFR, Founder of Zenith Bank plc and former Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the bank introduced a great deal of technology driven innovations into the Nigerian banking industry. Being the first President of the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), he is not only an avid ICT promoter, but has also invested massively in Nigeria’s technology sector. He is Promoter and Founder of Visafone Communications Limited and has led several national IT related initiatives such as the Nigerian Software Development Initiative (NSDI), the National Information Technology Advisory Council (NITAC) and the National Broadband committee.
He is in addition the founder of the Youth Empowerment / ICT Foundation, which focuses on improving the socio-economic welfare of Nigerian youths by inspiring and motivating them to embrace Information and communication technology.
NITMA 2011 Award Category: IT Personality of the Year
- Austin Okere – CEO, Computer Warehouse Group Limited
- Funke Opeke – CEO, Main One Cable Company Limited
- John Obaro – CEO, Systemspecs Limited
- Leo-Stan Ekeh – Chairman, Zinox Technologies Limited – Winner
- Mitchel Elegbe – CEO, Interswitch Limited