ATCON Honours Pantami, Pledges Mature And Objective Advocacy For Industry’s Benefit

Friday, December 13, 2019

ATCON Honours Pantami, Pledges Mature And Objective Advocacy For Industry’s Benefit

ATCON Honours Pantami, Pledges Mature And Objective Advocacy For Industry’s Benefit

ATCON President, Mr. Olusola Teniola, Minister of Communications And Digital Economy, Dr. Ali Panttami and Prof. Umar Garba Dambatta, EVC NCC at the reception



By Rommy IMAH


The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria, ATCON, has expressed its gratitude to the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami for his show of leadership and collaborative efforts in some recent events in Nigeria’s Communications sector.


ATCON listed some of the areas to include the Association’s participation at GITEX 2019; eNigeria Conference Exhibitions and Awards 2019; and the 7th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy 2019.


In a Welcome Address he delivered at the special reception in honour of the Minister of Communications & Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, held at Barcelona Hotels International, Abuja, FCT, President of ATCON, Mr. Olusola Teniola said the reception was organized to among other things, formally present and introduce the Minister to the captains of the industry.


It was also used as an opportunity for the industry to meet with him and share where the industry is currently and where they expect the industry to be after his tenure as a way of agenda setting for the industry, in addition to offering the Minister the opportunity to share his developmental plans for the industry with the relevant stakeholders.


According to Teniola, the recognition of ATCON's presence during the speech of the Minister at GITEX 2019 was strategic and it showed the Minister’s willingness to work and partner with ATCON to deliver his lofty plans for the industry.


“We deeply appreciate the opportunity given to our President to moderate the first session at the eNigeria Conference Exhibitions and Awards 2019. The opportunity was not taken for granted as it further demonstrate your genuineness to grow the industry through strategic partnership with our Association.


“We also commend the recently launched documents on National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy, we promise to collaborate, cooperate and partner with the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to realise the set broadband target of 75% in the documents in the next 5 years by removing, collectively those obstacles that are working against the growth of the industry.”


The ATCON President noted that the documents on National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy will no doubt help all stakeholders to have a focus as to what the government is thinking in terms of digitalizing the entire country’s economy as it provides a further foundation which will eventually lead the industry to a truly digital transformation that has 5G as a central vehicle for collaborative innovation to grow Nigeria’s GDP and raise her GDP per capita in 5 years’ time.


“In 2020, in order to give complete industry support to our minister's passion and dreams for digital economy, the Association in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy under the leadership of Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy and other agencies under the Ministry, would be organising a National Dialogue on Telecom and ICT in Nigeria. The whole essence is to foster the implementation of  Digital Economy in Nigeria. The information on this proposed event would be shared with all concerned later.


“ATCON pledges to work with the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy in order to understand how  we can shape, mould and create an industry that attracts further huge investments and environment where innovation creates an eco-system, where both the smaller and larger operators can co-exist to create positive shareholder’s value and deliver a consumer experience that exceeds expectations. Collaboration remains a critical factor in the success equation of our industry,” Teniola said.


He said that ATCON sincerely appreciates the opportunity extended to it to submit a memo and join all the commissioners of all 36 States including the Federal Capital Territory, other relevant Ministries and Organizations to consider Memorandum submitted at the 7th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Communications and Digital Economy 2019.


“ATCON would continue to advocate in a manner that is professional, mature and objective which not only protect  but  promote the business of  its teeming members in Nigeria. We look forward to gathering useful information as to ensuring that we realize the 75% broadband penetration in the next 5 years,” the ATCON President pledged.


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