Nigerian Drivers of Digital Prosperity – TechEconomy.ng
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Former Vice President of Nigeria, will lead a group of eminent Nigerians to the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos on Thursday, July 7, 2022 for the launch and public presentation of the book: Nigerian Drivers of Digital Prosperity, Digital Evolution Trajectories, Industry Analysis and Stakeholder Contributionswritten by Aaron Ukodie, a pioneering ICT and technology journalist in Nigeria.
The 472-page hardcover book is an experiential chronicle of Nigeria’s journey through the IT and telecommunications backwaters to the revolution that inspires the current global benchmark of its institutions, entities/brands and individual skills.
Other high-level technicians expected to grace the occasion include Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, Secretary to the Government of Akwa Ibom State and former Chairman of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), who been a strong advocate for ubiquitous broadband connectivity across the length and breadth of Nigeria
The public presentation of the book will be preceded by the theme of the eworld Forum 2022: 4G, 5G Broadband connectivity and the Economy.
The paper presentation session by the current Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, would be chaired by Dr. Ernest Ndukwe, Chairman of MTN Nigeria, who was the EVC/CEO of NCC when Nigeria recorded the landmark success with the allocation of GSM licenses.
Atiku was the head of the National Economy Leadership Team during former President Olusegun Obadanjo’s two-term rule from 1999 to 2007.
It was the regime that hosted the famous accolades registered with the Digital Mobile Licensing (DML) that introduced the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) technology to the national telephone network.
As noted in the book, for posterity, Atiku also played a key role in subverting the surreptitious conspiracy by senior government officials who attempted to throw spokes in the wheel in order to scuttle the GSM auction processes when the President Obasanjo was out of the country. .
The details of the plot that could have robbed Nigeria of the globally acclaimed integrity and mobile revolution of the time and how Atiku filled the leadership vacuum in the absence of his boss have been told intricately in the book.
The seasoned journalists also gave incisive details on how and why it took around a decade for Nigeria to successfully issue world-class GSM licenses.
The details of the interests of the late military head of state, General Sani Abacha, and the relations of the Chagouri family have also been lucidly recounted in the new book.
The book also showcases the contributions of famous and unsung Nigerians and companies who have sacrificed their sweat and blood to endure the uncharted paths of Nigeria’s noble contributions to the national and global ecospheres of computing, telecommunications and computing.
The role of the Surulere, the sprawling Lagos Mainland community in the computerization of Nigeria, is also revisited in the new book.
The book segmented into five sections makes available to Nigerians the tricks and trials that pioneering players in the technology, telecom and IT business environment have endured to translate the powerful statements of fintech, hubs creatives, telecommunications, technology, robotics and other expertise and generational milestones. that Nigeria is now presenting to the world.
The book, the first of its kind to articulate Nigeria’s roadmap from the pre-independence analogue era to today’s digital connectivity, will be useful not only to industry enthusiasts, scholars, scholars, researchers and students ; avid readers will also find it very interesting as a worthy collection.