Olushola Teniola, CEO of Internet Solutions Nigeria Limited has been re-elected as the National President of Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), the pressure group for companies in the country.
Teniola, who was unopposed in the election held Thursday was returned as President of ATCON following the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the telecoms pressure group held at the Lagos Travel Inn in Lagos.
A new National Executive Council (NEC) of ATCON also emerged after the AGM that served as a platform for the discussion of pertinent issues bordering on the achievements and challenges of the association.
Ikechukwu Nnamani, CEO of Medallion and Muyiwa Ogungboye, CEO of eStream Networks, were elected as First and Second Vice Presidents respectively under the new national executive council.
Nnamani, who contested with Ibrahim Dikko after Anthony Nwosu stepped down for the position of 1st Vice President polled a total of 39 votes to defeat Dikko, who got 18 votes.
On the other hand, Muyiwa Ogunboye the 2nd vice president was unopposed after David Robert his major contender stepped down some few minutes to the election.
In his acceptance speech, Teniola, thanked the members for confidence reposed in him, stressing his readiness to lead the Association to attain greater height.
He stressed that the NEC will work assiduously, especially in digitizing the Secretariat while coordinating processes for erecting a befitting Secretariat for the group. He also promised to intensify ongoing activities of ATCON.
The ATCON President further emphasized that the association on his watch will not ‘soft-pedal’ on its advocacy for better operating environment for member companies.
Teniola also encouraged the members to remain diligent in their operations, adding that the industry is a breeding ground for future leaders of the country.
“Today, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem is the SSG of Akwa-Ibom State, a former President of ATCON, while Dr. Ernest Ndukwe served as EVC of NCC. That tells you that ATCON is known for quality and effective representation”, he says.
He cited the case of fibre optic cable cuts in major cities as major challenge faced by members hence, ATCON will enhance its engagements with the affected States.
On his part, Nnamani says that ATCON will also channel its advocacy to bridging the information gap on the dangers of excessive taxes and charges by States across Nigeria, which are huge impediments to investments in the sector.
According to Nnamani, the case of Right of Way (RoW) has lingered, however, State officials have not realized the importance of telecoms infrastructures in their respective States.
He described ATCON as the ‘shock absorber’ for the members hence they will do everything possible to defend and amplify their voices for better business environment.
Also speaking, Ogungboye says that as a member of NEC, he will push for more engagements with industry regulator for more openness in addressing issues in the industry.
The new ATCON NEC:
President– Olusola Teniola
1st VP– Ikechukwu Nnamani
2nd VP– Muyiwa Ogungboye
National Secretary– Myke Ofili
Financial Secretary– Aderonke Adeyegbe
Treasurer– Anucha Hyacinth
Publicity Secretary– Adanna Nsori
Coordinator, Equipment Dealers- Ezekiel Egboye
Coordinator, Telephone Operators– Osondu Nwokoro
Coordinator, Value Added Services Providers– Oluwale Owoeye
Coordinator, Infrastructure Services Providers– Tony Izuagbe Emoekpere
Coordinator, Manufacturers– Paul Ajibola