A keen competition for the positions of the two levels of vice president position in the Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) is currently on-going among key industry players, New Telegraph has learnt.
This is coming ahead of the April 26 National Executive Committee (NEC) elections of the association scheduled to hold at Lagos Travels In on Toyin Street in Ikeja.
Already confirmed to be in the race for 1st VP of the association are Chief Executive Officer of Medallion, Mr. Ike Nnamani and Chief Executive Officer of Abuja-based Backbone Connectivity, Mr. Ibrahim Dikko.
The two candidates are going to lock horns with the incumbent 1st VP, Mr. Tony Nwosu. Nwosu was the former 2nd VP of ATCON before his election as 1st VP during the association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) of May 11, 2016. Also vying for the position of 1st VP currently occupied by Mr. David Roberts, is the Chief Executive Officer of Estream Networks Limited, Mr. Muyiwa Ogungboye.
However, it is not yet clear if more candidates are still going to emerge to compete with other existing executives of the association including Mr. Myke Ofili as National Secretary and Mrs Adeyegbe Aderonke, as treasurer.
Meanwhile, sources told this newspaper that incumbent ATCON President, Mr. Olusola Teniola, may contest unopposed, as stakeholders in the industry have shown their body language suggesting that they are satisfied with his performance in the last two years.
“Teniola has shown professionalism in all his engagement; he has continually driven laudable advocacy that has continued to put the industry on the path of growth and we would want this to continue beyond April 26,” one of the industry key stakeholders who craved anonymity said. Another CEO of one of the telecoms companies said: “The last two years have been highly rewarding for us as an industry courtesy of the activities of ATCON leadership.
The Teniola-led ATCON has come up with a number of advocacies that have helped the industry to be more stability, having received necessary regulatory interventions courtesy ATCON efforts and nobody would want this to be truncated just like that.”
ATCON has been around for about 25 years and it has indeed impacted the industry right from the liberalisation of the industry and promotion of sound policy for the growth of the industry.
The association has made many strategic interventions to grow and make the telecom industry what it is today and what it would be in the future.
Meanwhile, some of the aspiring members of ATCON NEC in the forthcoming election, who spoke with this newspaper have expressed reasons for their decision to join the association’s executive team.
Nnamani said : “Having been part of its undisputed success story, I want to further add my voice to the continued protection of the investment that has already been made in the industry and ensure that we work as national executive council members towards attracting further investment to the industry for the good of all Nigerians and work out superior approaches to sustain the growth we have made in the last 25 years.”
He said the associations 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.”
Also speaking, Ogungboye said: “My desire to contest for the position of 2nd vice president is to grow the Association that worked tirelessly to liberalise the sector with all its resources. No doubt, the association has made its mark in the Nigerian telecom industry but there are still a lot of work to be done, which can only be done by someone that is passionate, experienced and well informed of what is going on in the industry.”
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