INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (INDUSTRY) ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA
ITAN PRESS BRIEF ON THE RESOLUTION OF THE COURT CASE BETWEEN DR. JIMSON OLUFUYE, LATE MRS FLORENCE SERIKI AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (INDUSTRY) ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA
Dated 12 MAY, 2020
Information Technology (Industry) Association of Nigeria (ITAN) was established on May 16, 1991 as Microcomputer Vendors Association of Nigeria (MiVAN) with the aim of promoting IT literacy, and digital penetration in Nigeria.
The secondary purpose was to promote and advance member companies interests in the areas of government policy formulation in the ICT sector, advocacy to government on technology initiatives, IT policies as well as trade promotion for member ICT companies providing IT & Telecommunications services to government agencies and institutions.
ITAN changed its name to Computer Vendors Association of Nigerian (COVAN) in 1996 and in April 2000, the name further transmuted and registered as Information Technology (industry) Association of Nigeria (ITAN) .
ITAN has over the past years become the foremost IT sector industry association in Nigeria; bringing together ICT companies providing IT services, IT hardware assembly and IT infrastructure solutions.
ITAN is not only a leading voice in the Nigerian ICT industry but also a tech association with laudable international affiliations across the globe; and fully recognized by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
THE ISSUE IN QUESTION
The transition of the ITAN leadership from Dr. Jimson Olufuye, the then outgoing President and late Mrs. Florence Seriki, the then incoming President in late 2011 turned sour and following a press brief by Mrs. Seriki in June 2012 where she announced the suspension of Dr Olufuye from his representation on the board of WITSA on the allegation of fraudulent activities against ITAN during and after his tenure.
Dr. Olufuye denied the charges and subsequently went to court, after all attempts to resolve the matter could not be achieved, to seek redress against Mrs. Seriki and ITAN on 28 February, 2013.
Following the demise of Mrs. Florence Seriki in 2017, the current President Mr Olutayo Adeniyi and its executive reopened the case and based on its findings dissociates itself from the former President’s statements published on 3rd July 2012 and 4th July 2012 in the Nigerian Tribune Newspaper and the Guardian Newspaper respectively and on the website of ITAN.
The current ITAN executive indeed studied the case and set up a committee to meet with Dr. Olufuye with a view to advise him to let the case be settled amicably and out of court.
Dr. Olufuye agreed to the proposal on certain conditions and after lengthy deliberations and in consultation with our legal representatives agreed to the term of settlement as follows:
It has now been resolved as filed in the Court as follows:
1. That the case involving Dr. Jimson Olufuye and the Information Technology (industry) Association of Nigeria (ITAN) filed in the High court of FCT, Abuja was proposed by ITAN for out of court settlement.
2. That the case was instituted by Dr. Olufuye in 2013 after he handed over the mantle of ITAN leadership to the Late Mrs Florence Seriki in 2011.
3. That both parties agreed to the proposal and resolved to withdraw the case for out of court settlement.
4. That ITAN has agreed to pay Dr. Olufuye the amount due to his lawyers being the sum of one million, five hundred thousand Naira only (N 1,500,000).
5. That Dr Olufuye shall forgo the monies ITAN was owing him and the damages he was claiming for the said defamatory publications.
6. That this press statement is made in good faith and with the hope that it will help restore the strained relationship between the parties.
Engr. Olutayo Adeniyi
ITAN National President.