THE Board of Trustees of the Nigerian Telecom Awards has confirmed that the 2012 edition of the event would hold in August as originally scheduled.
This came on the heels of last week’s announcement by the Board’s Secretary-General, Otunba Biodun Ajiboye, of the categories, which he listed as The Best Energy Support Company Of The Year, Rural Community-friendly Operator of the Year, and Best Mobile Handset of the Year.
Also to be vied for by telecom operators are The Best Wi-Fi Company of the Year and Best Telecom Personality of the Year (male and female), among others.
The award was first conceptualised in 2004 with the inauguration of its steering committee headed by the then Minister of Communications, Chief C.O Adebayo. The enlarged committee also comprised major stakeholders in the industry.
Ajiboye hinted that the group will, this month, commence a TV programme on NTA 10, which will largely offer the right exposure to all Nigerians to be actively involved in judging who or which operator is better or has performed well.
Giving further clarifications on the awards, he said the August date of the yearly event remains unchanged while the search for winners would be thorough and deep, adding that the strategies for appointing winners would be unfolded very soon.
He also declared the stage open for nominations of companies for the series of categories.
“The banking sector,” he said, “is not left behind in this year’s categories, as the award also included plans to give slots to six outstanding banks. This is coming on the bare fact that virtually all the operations of the banking sector are now linked to telecoms.
Ajiboye noted that conveying heavy data is telecom-related, even as he explained that modern banking operators are “heavily connected to trunks and Internet links, which are all bandwidth and Broadband issues.”
“From the beginning, we have recognised the banking sector as a major stakeholder in telecom business. We have honoured several banks for their excellent performance in different categories and this has undoubtedly motivated them to perform better each year. The award in 2012 promises to be a bumper event loaded with lot of activities,” he pledged.
Meanwhile, a press statement issued from the corporate office of the Logica Media Group, publishers of The Nigerian Telecomnews, noted that the Awards were meant to consolidate on the gains so far recorded in the telecommunications and banking sectors of the economy with a view to encouraging growth and innovations in ICT.
Otunba Ajiboye told journalists in Lagos that the Award, now in its “eight edition,” would also recognise government’s efforts in driving ICT growth, as this development “is being taken seriously at the Logica Group
“We are taking very seriously government’s involvement in ICT, especially in States and local government areas and these shall come within our focus of interest this time around. This is our humble contribution to national development since the growth of any nation today depends largely on ICT,” Ajoboye said.
“Our company, through the platform — The Nigerian Telecomnews — had made very sound statement that we are the leading industry publication and we have taken the awards to a reasonable height in Nigeria as the awards today remains unparalleled in the annals of awards in the industry.”
“In the past seven years of our existence, we have hosted seven African past heads of states as chairmen of the event. These outstanding statesmen of African descent have had genuine cause to celebrate Nigeria’s success in the telecom sector,” Ajiboye said.