John Obaro, Founder of Systemspecs, the tech company that owns leading e-payment service, Remita, has been named winner of Engr Simeon Agu Prize for the Best Software Entrepreneur 2015 at the National Information Technology Merit Awards (NITMA).
NITMA is an annual event by Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) to acknowledge, celebrate and reward corporate organizations and individuals who are outstanding in various information technology (IT) practices.
Professor Adesola Aderounmu, President of NCS, announced that the NITMA 2015 will sustain the tradition of rewarding excellent contributions in the Nigerian IT industry.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Systemspecs”]Remita currently processes about $6 billion worth of transactions on a monthly basis, according to the company. [/blockquote]
“It is a night of awards to celebrate the best of Nigerian information technology creativity and innovation that has fundamentally changed, and is still changing the Nigerian nation. Award winners are recognized for being inspiring symbols of the IT community. The Nigerian nation has moved forward because of their contributions. It is honor well deserved. Nigeria, not just the IT community, owes them a huge debt of gratitude”.
After a successful career with International Merchant Bank (IMB), Obaro founded SystemSpecs some 23 years ago as a West African Partner to Systems Union, UK offering the SunSystems suite of solutions.
He has grown Systemspecs to become a respected player in the e-payment space in Nigeria with the solution offering e-payment services on a single interbank platform.
Remita currently processes about $6 billion worth of transactions on a monthly basis, according to the company.
The Remita platform was used in moving the Federal Government Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the platform is entirely locally-developed.
The CBN, after a multi-level and rigorous evaluation exercise in 2011 selected Remita on merit among other foreign and local options.
Receiving the award on behalf of Obaro, the Executive Director of the company, Deremi Atanda, said that, “Obaro is passionate about the promotion of Nigeria’s indigenous software industry. He believes that the homegrown software is capable and can rival any other software anywhere in the world.”
According to him, Obaro is known in many circles as ‘the consummate innovator.”
“He is a trail-blazer on many fronts. His footprint is evident across multiple sectors of the Nigerian economy.”
Others personalities that received honours at the NITMA event include Funke Opeke, CEO of MainOne; Florence Seriki, CEO of Omatek; Etim Amana, CEO of MIS and Tosin Ilesanmi, Regional Director, RLG.
Honorary Fellowship awards were also received by Sir Demola Aladekomo, Founder, Chams; Dr. Chris Nwannenna, CEO, Condata Systems; Mrs Ibukun Odusote, Permanent Secretary, Political Affairs at the Office of SGF and Mr. Babatunde Fowler, Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service [FIRS].
The NCS President says award will promote excellence, high performance and innovation within the Nigerian IT community to encourage more of such performance from practitioners, organizations and stakeholders.
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