Agambire Grabs African Telecom Personality Of The Year Award
The 2013 edition of the Nigeria Telecom Awards has been held in Lagos with Ghana’s Roland Agambire being decorated the continent’s Telecom Personality of the Year 2012.
The African Telecom Personality of the Year Award 2012 was bestowed on Mr. Agambire for ‘his contribution to the promotion and access to ICT facilities by majority of people, mostly young people and the socially disadvantaged’.
The honour is also in recognition of Mr Agambire’s effort to create socio-economic growth among young people through the ICT.
The award, which is in its 9 th year, recognises the contribution of individuals and organisations towards the expansion and growth of the telecommunication industry in Nigeria and West Africa in particular and Africa in general.
The African Telecom Personality of the Year Award had previously been won 5 African Heads of State with the Nigerian Minister for Communication Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson winning it last year.
Mr Agambire could not make it to the awards ceremony. The award was handed over at a brief ceremony at the Rlg Communications Nigeria offices in Lagos by the Secretary-General of the Nigerian Telecom Awards, OtubaBiodumAjiboye, on behalf of the Director-General of the Nigerian Telecom Commission.
Ajiboye described Mr. Agambire as ‘un-relenting believer in Africa’s success’. He said through his effort, more than 20,000 youth in the Nigerian state of Osun have become computer literate and economically skilled through a partnership programme between his Rlg Institute of Technology and the Osun State Government, under which young people are trained on computer programming, software, hardware, mobile and computer repairs and assembling.
Mr. Agambire, who was on a two-day working visit to Nigeria, expressed gratitude for the honour which he dedicated to hardworking young people on the continent.
He, however, expressed regret that lip service is being paid to the talk of Africans utilising and promoting African goods and services.
‘If we do not change, all the economic plan and strategies of ECOWAS, AU, etc, wont achieve anything’, he warned.
The annual Nigerian Telecoms Awards is organised by the Logical Media Group and is attended by icons in the telecommunications sector who were also honoured for their records of excellence since 2012.
Present at the ceremony were the Country Manager of Rlg Communications Group (Nigeria) Ltd, Tosin Ilesanmiand, and the Corporate Affairs Manager of Rlg Communications Group (Ghana) Ltd, Emmanuel J.K Arthur.
Roland Agambire receiving the award from Mr Ajiboye (right) while TosinIlesanmi looks on
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