Technology Times has learnt that Engr Ike Nnamani, Medallion Communications Limited President and CEO, is tipped as next President of Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), as the industry group elects new leaders next month.
Barring any last-minute change, Nnamani will succeed Olusola Teniola, current President of ATCON, the influential pressure group for organisations in the telecoms and allied sectors in Nigeria.
People conversant with the situation within ATCON told Technology Times that the new leadership of the group will be carefully selected to embrace industry leaders that will advance its advocacy to inform industry and government to drive smart policy that fosters and protect a thriving, innovative technology climate.
Nnamani, who is also on the board of the Nigerian Internet Registration Asscoiation (NiRA) runs Medallion, a key player in the interconnect and data centre business in the country.
ATCON, a professional, non-profit, non-political umbrella organization of telecommunications companies of Nigeria was inaugurated on December 10, 1993, with a membership profile made up of indigenous and multinational telecommunications companies operating in Nigeria.
ATCON this week announced its forthcoming Annual General Meeting & National Executive Council Election 2020, which was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will now hold November 12, 2020 at Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos by 2pm.
Tenure of the National Executive Council 2018 – 2020, headed by Teniola, “which would have ended in May 2020 was extended to forestall the leadership vacuum that would have occurred because of the inability of the Association to hold its Annual General Meeting due to the lockdown order by the Federal Government to curb further spread of COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Association upholds a culture of corporate governance and is set to have another election that would usher in a new set of National Executive Council that would direct the Association for the next two years, Ajibola Olude, Executive Secretary, ATCON, says in a statement.
“As part of upholding the principle of transparency in the conduct of the forthcoming election into various positions in the National Executive Council of the Association, we are pleased to officially announce to all the CEOs and Directors of all our qualified member companies to take active part in the in Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Election into the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Association”, according to the group.
Under the plan, the upcoming election shall be conducted by a duly constituted Electoral Committee to be appointed on the floor of the AGM by the outgoing Executive with the approval of members at the meeting.
ATCON says the elected officers shall assume their posts immediately upon the conclusion of the elections.