John Tani Obaro: Managing Director/CEO of SystemSpecs- Citation for Nigeria Computer Society Special Recognition Award in 2014
For more than three decades, John Obaro’s footprints across the Nigerian economy spans multiple sectors as he has and continues to deploy myriads of unique and targeted software solutions to address the peculiar needs of Nigerian and African businesses. Known in many circles as ‘The consummate innovator’, Obaro is Nigeria’s trail blazer on many fronts.
He started SystemSpecs about 22 years ago after reaching the peak of a fulfilling career in the Banking industry. His decision in 1992 to break away from a successful and promising career in regular employment at IMB came as a shock to many because IMB as at this time was widely regarded as one of Nigeria’s top?notch banks. Under Obaro, SystemSpecs commenced operationswith a few staff as a partner agent of Systems Union, UK offering a foreign accounting software and later moved on to develop and nurture a firm that has since become Nigeria’s foremost indigenous software house with over 160 talented Nigerians from various backgrounds and disciplines.
Today, the company’s home grown HumanManager Payroll & Human Resource Management software is a leading name among public and private sector organizations in Nigeria while its Remita e-Payment, e-Invoicing, e-Collections, e-Payroll & e-Schedules platform has become a national asset upon which about $6 Billion worth of transactions are processed every month. Based on Obaro’s understanding of the fundamentals of growing businesses, Remita has been designed to offer a unique proposition to SMEs. This makes it easy for Remita users to do business like global enterprises without the associated high cost. Remita also currently processes payments and collections for individuals, corporate organizations as well as Federal Government Ministries and Agencies (MDAs).
Obaro’s successful entrepreneurial adventure in software development architecture has attracted and continues to attract attention from both local and international quarters. The prestigious Lagos Business School (LBS) of the Pan-African University has written two case studies on SystemSpecs while many newspapers, magazines and journals have also featured him at one time or the other.Recently, John Obaro was recognized as Nigeria’s IT Personality of the Year 2013 at the National Information Technology Merit Award (NITMA) in addition to series of indigenous and international awards he had received over the years.
He is a distinguished alumnus of Ahmadu Bello University, University of Lagos and the Chief Executive Program (CEP3) of Lagos Business School. He has served at various times on the boards of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Information and Communication Technology, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria, Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), Governing Council of the National ICT Incubation Program (iDea), and many more.
Obaro is a fellow of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), an ex-member of the Governing Council of Computers Professionals (Registration Council) of Nigeria (CPN) –the highest industry practice regulatory body and immediate past 1st Vice President of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON).
He is a die-hard advocate and promoter of indigenous software development initiatives and a role model for promising and success-desiring young entrepreneurs.