Information Technology IT Personality of the Year Nigeria
At the upcoming National IT Merit Awards (NITMA) organized by the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), one award that is drawing immense attention is that of the Information Technology (IT) Personality of the Year. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have been outstanding in their IT contributions during the year.
The award along with other NITMA honours build on the legacy of previous award standards established by NCS, the respected professional IT association.
The 5 finalists who have emerged are:
- Mr. Austin Okere, GMD, Computer Warehouse Group,
- Ms Funke Opeke, MD/CEO MainOne Cable Company,
- Mr. John Tani Obaro, MD/CEO, SystemSpecs Limited,
- Mr Mitchell Elegbe, MD/CEO, Interswitch Limited
- Chief Leo Stan Ekeh, Chairman/CEO Zinox Technologies Limited.
To ensure multistakeholder representation, a committee consisting of professional members of NCS, representatives of interest groups such as the Information Technology Industry Association of Nigeria (ITAN), Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), representative of the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) and representative of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) was responsible for selecting and short-listing these finalists.
Award criteria include:
- Outstanding contribution to the growth of Information Technology in Nigeria,
- Advancement or application of Information Technology for significant value in society,
- Local and International Recognition of IT and IT related activities,
- Significant national impact in boosting IT penetration and driving change through IT, amongst others.
Outstanding and Groundbreaking
Their nominations are an acknowledgement of the outstanding work they have been doing in Nigeria’s IT industry. Their hard work and excellence in accelerating IT development in our nation has not gone unnoticed. Indeed the work they do through technology in Nigeria is critical in catalyzing change and facilitating sustainable national development and overall prosperity.
The achievements of this year’s IT Personality of the Year nominees are impressive and groundbreaking. They serve as a powerful reminder of the significant impact top achievers in the IT industry are making in Nigeria.
Online Voting Audited by Accenture
To choose the winner of this prestigious award, an online voting platform has been established on the NCS website. The voting process ensures that votes of NCS members will determine the award result. Only NCS members will be allowed to vote and each NCS member can vote only once. NCS members have started voting and are eligible to select their Best nominee.
These voting terms and conditions are stated on the voting system. Furthermore, voting monitoring and auditing is being done by Accenture, the global management consulting and technology Services Company known for its world class auditing services.
The winner of the Prestigious IT Personality Award will be announced during the NITMA / Investiture event taking place on Friday, December 16, 2011 in Lagos. An annual event organized by the Nigeria Computer Society since 2009, the National IT Merit Award (NITMA) ceremony recognizes individuals and corporate bodies that have made significant contributions to the advancement of Information Technology for the development of Nigeria.