The Chief Executive Officer of Anchor Telecoms, Mr. Tony Izuagbe Emoekpere has today emerged as the new President of the Association of Telecommunications Association of Nigeria (ATCON) for a tenure of two years in the first instance.
In a keenly contested election held at the Oriental Hotels in Lagos, Mr. Emoekpere gathered 39 votes from members to emerge the winner ahead of his closest contester, Mr. Ibrahim Dikko, who gathered 23 votes. He will take over from Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, who served only one tenure and did not contest for a second term.
Meanwhile, in the 1st Vice President position, Mr. Muhammed Rudman, Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria (IXPN) emerged winner with 43 votes while Mr. Myke Ofili got 21 votes.
Other members of the National Executive Council (NEC) include Mr. Ejikeme Onyeaso as 2nd Vice President; Mr. Olawale Owoeye, National Secretary; Mrs. Aderonke Adeyegbe, Cordinator, Consulting; Mr. Lekan Balogun, Cordinator, Internet Service Providers.
Others are Mr. Martins Shakarho; Cordinator, Value Added Services; Mr. Olabode Ojo, Cordinator, Infrastructure Service Providers.
“The main issue is that we have so much brain drain, despite having so much talent within our industry. Nigerians are very brilliant, they do excellently well everywhere else. So one of the things we’re supposed to do as an industrial association is built in what is called accreditation whereby we can work with institutions that provide knowledge,” he said.
TONY IZUAGBE EMOEKPERE TONY is a C-Level Executive and accredited Project Manager with over 23 years of experience in Telecommunications Management, ICT Service Provisioning, Infrastructure Design, Implementation, and Maintenance. He is a graduate in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, a member of the International Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a member of the Project Management Institute. He is also an alumnus of the Lagos Business School after undergoing the Owner Manager Executive Program.
Tony started his career with Nigeria’s Premier ISP Linkserve Ltd as a Network Support Engineer and then a Wireless Engineer responsible for providing Radio Links to Enterprises.
He joined MTN Nigeria Communications Limited at the inception of their services in Nigeria as a Radio Implementation Engineer where he was personally responsible for over 250 live Base Station sites in the network, participating in the launching of MTN services in the South-Western Region of Nigeria. Tony later became a Project Manager Ibadan Region in MTN Nigeria Communications Limited, responsible for all Regional Projects including the Marshal Plan Site Build for the region whose monthly targets were exceeded till the end of the project under his watch.
Tony had a brief stint as the Operation Director with Egypro Nigeria Limited which he helped establish as the 3rd best contractor to MTN Nigeria Limited in 9 months. Tony then founded Anchor Telecoms in 2005 first as a Project Director and then CEO. In over 18 years under his watch, the company has grown from providing Site Construction services serving one client to providing full Turn-Key Communication Infrastructure Services serving all MNO’s, major InfraCo’s and OEMs in Nigeria, with active operations in Ghana, Cameroun, South Africa, and has executed projects in Benin Republic, Liberia, Gabon, Togo, Sierra Leone, and Equatorial Guinea.