By Martin Ekpeke
The Chief Executive Officer of Medallion Communications Limited, Mr. Ikechukwu Nnamani has given reasons why he is contesting for the position of 1st Vice President of the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) in the association’s NEC election next month.
Having held various positions on the board of the National Executive Council of ATCON, I am more equipped to take the association, which has impacted the entire Nigeria’s telecommunications ecosystem greatly to the next level
Nnamani, in an interaction with ITPulse in Lagos, said having been part of the undisputed success story of ATCON, he wants to further add his voice to the continued protection of the investment that has already been made in the industry.
“I want to contest for the position of the 1st Vice President so I can give myself to ensure the national executive council members work towards attracting further investment to the industry for the good of all Nigerians and work out superior approaches to sustain the growth industry has made in the last 25years,” he said.
He said having held various positions on the board of the National Executive Council of the association, he is more equipped to take the association, which he noted has impacted the entire Nigeria’s telecommunications ecosystem greatly to the next level.
In his words: “ATCON has made many strategic interventions to grow and make the telecom industry what it is today and what it would be in the future. The Association needs an experienced and visionary people to take it to the next level and I strongly believe I have all it takes to migrate ATCON to the next height.
“I still think that there are more to be done for the industry in order to make our industry a toast of the local and foreign direct investment in the global market. I know the position of 1st Vice President is important to the achievement we are going to make. Therefore, I am going to work very closely with the President of the Association to promote and encourage further investment to the sector.”
Nnamani, who has won many local and international industry awards, added that he will ensure that all state governments buy into the drive to accelerate the broadband penetration in their respective states. “You will agree with me that the right of way is a big issue which has slowed down the broadband saturation in Nigeria, there shall be an intentional attempt in collaboration with all relevant agencies to remove it,” he vowed.
While commending those that founded what is now known as the umbrella body of telecom practitioners in Nigeria about 25 years ago, Nnamani suggested that in order to remain a voice to be reckoned with in the industry, the association needs to review its membership classification.
You will agree with me that the right of way is a big issue which has slowed down the broadband saturation in Nigeria. I will ensure that all state governments buy into the drive to accelerate the broadband penetration in their respective states
He stated that ATCON, under the next administration of which he planned to be the 1st Vice President would be stronger, more prominent both in Nigeria and in the global world, stressing that a new source of income would be identified and explored to increase the financial capability of the Association.
The election into various positions in the National Executive Council of the Association of the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), will hold next month April 26, 2018 at the Lagos Travel Inn/Ibis Hotel, Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos.
In accordance with the Association’s Constitution, the following positions are open for contest in the election: National President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President and National Secretary.
Others are Treasurer, Financial Secretary, National Publicity Secretary, Coordinator, Telephone Operators, Coordinator, Infrastructure Providers, Coordinator, Internet Services Providers, Coordinator, Manufacturer’s Representative, Coordinator, Equipment Dealers, Coordinator, Value Added Services and Coordinator, Consulting.