The Nigerian ICT community received with shock, the news of the death of the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Omatek Computer Limited, Engr. Florence Seriki, who died on Saturday 44th March 2017.
We served together, as professionals on the 2013-2015 Board of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). We worked closely in the committee tasked with making recommendations to that Board, on Local Content and development. She was very passionate about moving Nigeria from a consuming nation to a producing nation, using equipment assembly as a stop gap to achieving the stated goal. She envisioned a Nigeria where every kid had a tablet and no teacher will hold any chalk. Florence walked the talk. She trekked on a very long and winding road, doing it with panache and candor, enjoying practically minimum support nor subsidy!
Her remains will be buried tomorrow, Friday 31st March 2017. The Nigerian ICT circle has lost one of her own best professionals and she would be surely missed. On behalf of the entire NiRA members, I hereby express our deep and heartfelt sympathy to the immediate family and the Nigerian ICT Community. God will grant us all, the fortitude to bear the loss. “Good Night”, dear sister.
Upcoming .ng Awards and Annual General Meeting
Please block the dates on your calendar for the two important NiRA events that will hold in April 2017;
The .ng awards is scheduled for 21st April 2017 at Oriental Hotel, Lagos, 3 Lekki- Epe Express Way, while the NiRA 9th Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for on 28th April 2017, at NiRA Office Complex, 8 Funsho Williams Avenue, Iponri, Surulere, Lagos.
The .ng Awards is a celebration of achievements and innovations of Internet initiatives in Nigeria. It is aimed at showcasing Nigerian businesses, individuals, charity, public and private sector organizations helping to make the Internet a more secure, open, accessible and diverse experience for all. For the .ng Awards, the nominations by the general public commenced on the 31st January 2017 and closed on 14th February 2017. Voting for the nominees commenced on the 20th February 2017 and closes by midnight on Monday, 3rd April 2017.
The second major event would be the NiRA 9th AGM. Elections would hold to elect some new members into the NiRA Executive Board of Directors and Board of Trustees. At the moments, nominations into the soon-to-be-vacant positions are ongoing.
I look forward to seeing you all at the Award Night, and the Annual general Meeting.
Rev’d Sunday Folayan