Saturday, 6 August 2016


The 2016 Nigeria ICT Impact CEO Forum (NIICF) and the Africa Digital Awards”(ADA) is here with the theme; How can Broadband Deployment Impact on Nigeria’s Economic Recovery?

The Fifth Edition of the Africa Digital Awards (ADA) is honouring outstanding corporate and individual achievers that have leverage on the potent power of ICT. Those already nominated for awards include, NCC, NITDA, MTN, NIGCOMSAT, NBC, MAIN ONE, YUDALA, CWG, 21st Centuries TECHNOLOGIES among others while individuals include, Dr. Vincent Olatunji of Nitda, Ms. Funke Opeke of Main One, Engr. Emmanuel Ekuwem of Teledom Group, Emmanuel Okonji of ThisDay Newspapers to mention a few.

While the ICT Impact CEO Forum is expected to be chaired by Barr. Adebayo Shittu, Honourable Minister of Communications and he will be joined by Prof. Umaru Danbatta, EVC/CEO of NCC, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, Ag. DG of NITDA, Ferdi Moolman, MD of MTN, Ms. Abimbola Alale, MD of NIGCOMSAT, Ms. Funke Opeke, MD/CEO of MAIN ONE, among others.

We will be having 3 Keynote Speakers, 3 Lead Papers and 2 Plenary Sessions namely, e-Commerce & Government and Media & Broadcasting.

According to a statement signed by the coordinator of the event, Tayo Adewusi, said we came up with this theme “How Can Broadband Deployment Impact on Nigeria’s Economic Recovery” because of the current trend of Nigeria’s economy and if Nigeria’s economy must leap frog and “catch up with the rest of the world, broadband deployment can take us there”.

He posited that there is need for an increase in broadband penetration and after oil and gas, ICT is it. We have done poorly in broadband penetration because the undersea international cable presently at our shores with over 10 Tetrabytes per second (TBS), which include, SAT-3, Main One, GLO 1 among others have brought a glut in fibre capacity.

The challenge is how to transport the huge capacity inland.
Adewusi said that there is an obvious absence of efficient distribution and dearth of last mile connection.

However, there has been an appreciable growth in e-commerce and this can be properly harnessed through a significant broadband penetration.”

Nigeria’s economy is dependent on an efficient broadband deployment and this goldmine would happen through the provision of the “enabling environment”, he insists that broadband deployment should be predicated on “availability, affordability and quality of service delivery”.

The event comes up on Friday August 26, 2016 by 9am at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Ikeja, Lagos and for further details please log on to

ICT Watch Network and Financial Technology are coordinating the event.

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