The Information Technology (Industry) Association of Nigeria (ITAN) is set for a change of guard at its Annual General Meeting scheduled for November 24, 2011 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja. Its outgoing President, Dr Jimson Olufuye will be bowing-out after four years of meritorious service to the IT industry and Nigeria. Dr Olufuye took over leadership of ITAN in 2007 from Mr Will Anyagbunam, CEO of Beta Computers Ltd. Within the period of his leadership, ITAN moved from being an Association with only national reach to an Association with global affluence and leader on the African continent. He connected Nigeria as a nation to the global IT industry and services alliance, the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) in 2008 which engendered a prominent role for ITAN in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Business Action In Support of the Information Society (BASIS).Through his brilliant engagements internationally, he was appointed into the United Nations Commission for Science and Technology for Development Working Group on improvements to the Internet Governance Forum.
He also secured ITAN hosting of the Secretariat of WITSA sub-Saharan Africa in 2009 after which in May 2010 he was elected the Vice-Chairman of WITSA responsible for evangelising ICT in the 47-nation sub-Saharan Africa. He hosted the Chairman of WITSA, Dato’ Dan E. Khoo in Abuja in April 2009. Khoo inaugurated another intitiative of Dr Olufuye, the National IT Public – Private Forum (NITPPF) aimed at creating a platform for public and private sector IT adminsitrators/CEOs to network and exchange best practises essential to fast-tracked technology enabled development. This forum has so far held in Kano, Abuja and Benin city with strong backing from the National Information Technology Develoment Agency (NITDA), Galaxy Backbone Ltd, NEPAD Nigeria, Kano, Edo, Benue, Abia, Kogi, Ekiti and Osun States. Under his leadership, ITAN entered into strategic relationship with Mexico IT, Malaysian PIKOM, CEA & TechAmerica of USA, NASSCOM India and Korean KEA with extended reach to all the 85 members of WITSA. At the home front, he had championed the Computer in School Initiative also referred to as the Old Students Personal PCs (OSPC), a campaign for old students to remember their alma mata and donate e-learning PCs to their former primary/secondary schools through ITAN. He also initiated moves for Quality Standard in the ICT Industry with initiative for ‘light CMMI’ in collaboration with Messrs QAI India. His handshake with NASSCOM India is metamorphosing into a yearly Summit with Indian IT CEOs for increased investment in the Nigerian IT industry. Dr Olufuye is the CEO of Kontemporary Konsulting Ltd – a distinguished member of ITAN and an IT solution company based in Abuja. ITAN represents IT and Services companies in Nigeria. It was established in 1991 to promote IT and services trade, create opportunities for members, articulate policy positions and represent its members in dialogues with government at all levels in Nigeria. ITAN joined other stakeholders to form the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) a professional organisation for all IT professionals in Nigeria. ITAN is Nigeria’s representative at the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA).
– Mr Marho Atumu, ITAN Programme Officer