Historic 20 Years Telecommunications In Nigeria...Obasanjo, Joda, Ndukwe, Pantami, Danbatta and Adenuga Bag Telecoms Awards

The legendary soccer icon,Zinedine Zidane was point blank right when he divulged thus:  "It  doesn't matter how many times you win an award, it is always very special"

And now,to this end,great rewards are in the offing for most of those who played vital roles in the transformation of telecommunications services in Nigeria in 2001. 

The planned rewards will come by way of Awards to Individuals and Institutions and will be the highlight of a One-Day Summit slated for Thursday October 28, 2021 at The MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos. 

The One-Day Summit being organised by Compact Communications Limited and endorsed by the  Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), is in commemoration of 20 years of the transformation of telecommunications services in Nigeria, which saw to the emergence of Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) Networks in Nigeria in 2001. 

Admittedly, the emergence of GSM services in Nigeria in 2001 revolutionized how Nigerians see, access and utilize telecommunications services and its commemoration will entail a Masterclass for mostly Media practitioners to be moderated by Tony Ojobo, President, African ICT Foundation with the Group Managing Director, Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu as the Guest Speaker. 

A Two-Part Lecture Anniversary Lecture under the Chairmanship of Prof. Isa Pantami, will feature two topics, Telecommunications In Nigeria: The Revolution; with Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, as the Guest Speaker and Telecommunications In Nigeria: The Next Frontier with Prof. Umar Danbatta, as the Guest Speaker. As part of the event also a commemorative publication entitled: Nigeria’s GSM, The Ultimate Game Changer will be unveiled. Similarly, the anniversary documentary titled: Nigeria’s Telecommunications Revolution: An NCC Legacy will be formally exposed. 

The Encomium/Awards segment will invariably draw the curtains on the One-Day Summit.

Notable among the sixteen individual awardees are former President Olusegun Obasanjo, under whose tenure the telecommunications transformation was consummated, Late Alhaji Ahmed Joda, who led the Board of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to midwife the telecommunications revolution, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, who as the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC was on the driver’s seat, Prof. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy who has given new impetus to the nation’s telecommunications sector, Prof. Umar Danbatta, current  Executive Vice Chairman of NCC who has sustained the growth occasioned by the telecoms revolution and Dr. Mike Adenuga Jnr, whose innovative streak continues to add verve to the telecommunications sector in Nigeria.

Other individual award recipients will include Paschal Dozie, pioneer Chairman of MTN Nigeria, Oba Otudeko, pioneer Chairman of Econet Wireless (now Airtel Nigeria), Hakeem Belo-Osagie, pioneer Chairman, Etisalat Nigeria (now 9Mobile), Funke Opeke, CEO of MainOne, Jim Ovia, former Co-Chairman of National Broadband Council and Paul Usoro, SAN, renowned telecommuincations lawyer and investor. Also on the list of awardees are former Communications Minister, Muhammed Arzika (posthumous), pioneer Team Lead, MTN, Irene Chanley and pioneer Team Lead, Econet Wireless, Strive Masiyiwa. 

Telecommunications firms billed to receive awards under the Industry Pioneers category are MTN Nigeria, Airtel Nigeria (formerly Econet Wireless), Globacom Limited and 9mobile (formerly Etisalat Nigeria).  Similarly, the Industry Sustenance Award recipients in the Pacesetters category include Swift Networks, Smile Nigeria, Spectranet, Ntel and IPNX.

For more information, please contact:

Winifred Adasu

Media Relations Executive

Compact Communications Limited

28 Remi Fani-Kayode Avenue, 

GRA, Ikeja, 


Telephone: +234 (0) 7048863566, (0) 8093963985, (0) 9151999943

Email: compactcommunicationsnig@gmail.com 

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