Mr. Jim Ovia, Founder Zenith Bank PLC, has been conferred with the Honorary Fellowship of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) in recognition of his important and immense contributions in the Information Technology field over many years. The conferment took place on Friday, May 31, 2013 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
Sir Demola Aladekomo, NCS President welcomed guests to the event, and explained the purpose of the ceremony. Through the conferment of the fellowship, NCS, the nation’s foremost network of IT practitioners and stakeholders highlights the impact of deserving individuals who have distinguished themselves with exceptional achievement and service that has accelerated IT development in Nigeria. NCS commends Mr. Jim Ovia’s untiring passion and commitment to the growth of IT in Nigeria, which is deserving of honour and emulation.
A hallmark of the NCS National Executive Council (NEC) led by Aladekomo has been the celebration of top achievers and visionaries driving significant change in society through technology. Visible, high profile recognition of outstanding impact inspires many and promotes innovative practices and accomplishment within the Nigerian environment. As Aladekomo, noted in the past, “NCS is committed to celebrating talent and promoting the excellence, leadership, vision, and the commitment of individuals and organizations within the IT industry and community.” The announcement of Honorary fellowships to Ovia and other achievers was announced during the 2012 National Information Technology Merit Award (NITMA).
Mr. Jim Ovia, MFR, founded Zenith Bank PLC in 1990, and during his time as Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the bank introduced a great deal of technology driven innovations into the Nigerian banking industry. He is not only an avid ICT promoter, but has also invested massively in Nigeria’s technology sector, emerging as the first President of the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG). He is Promoter and Founder of Visafone Communications Limited, with far reaching commitment to the sector as evidenced by his leadership of several national IT related initiatives including the Nigerian Software Development Initiative (NSDI), the National Information Technology Advisory Council (NITAC) and the National Broadband committee.
He has played a major role in raising issues related to improving the socio-economic welfare of Nigerian youth, being the founder of the Youth Empowerment / ICT Foundation, which focuses on inspiring and motivating young people to embrace Information and communication technology career and entrepreneurship opportunities.
The conferment ceremony had a top quality attendance comprising leading IT personalities which included the Provost, NCS College of Fellows, Alhaji Ladi Ogunneye, Managing Director / CEO, Visafone Communications Limited, Srinivasa Venkatappa, Deputy Provost, NCS College of Fellows, Dr. Obi Okonkwo, Dr. Vincent Asor, Chairman, Education and Manpower Development Committee, Mr. Kayode Shobajo, CEO of HiiT Plc and Mr. Allwell Achumba, Assistant Secretary General, Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN).
NCS Fellowship is the highest honour bestowed by the professional body. Conferring Honorary Fellowships highlight the importance of recognizing and celebrating those that have contributed tremendously towards the development and deployment of Information Technology in Nigeria. By appreciating outstanding impact and commitment NCS aims to spur even more growth and innovation to accelerate national and sustainable development.
Honorary Fellowship of our great society is fitting and richly deserved recognition of Mr. Jim Ovia’s outstanding and influential contribution to IT development in Nigeria.
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