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BCN CEO declares interest to contest ATCON 1st VP Position



The Association of Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ATCON) elections into the National Executive Council (NEC) positions have continued to gather momentum with CEOs and other interested contestant picking up the nomination forms for available positions. 

Lately, the Chief Executive Officer of BackBone Connectivity Networks (BCN), Ibrahim Dikko, an active player in the Nigerian telecommunications space, has declared his intention to contest for the position of first Vice President.

Dikko who prides himself as “a very committed member of ATCON” said the Association has some key roles in stabilizing the entire sector by being unbiased in its position on issues that are affecting the entire ecosystem which is one of the reasons some companies still exist today.

In his manifesto obtained by, Dikko said, “I want to be part of the association that exists for its members. I am motivated to contest for the position of 1st Vice President of the umbrella body for all telecom companies because of the role that the ATCON is playing in restructuring the telecom industry for effectiveness.

“There are many issues in the Nigerian telecom industry today that can only be resolved if we use the ATCON’s platform effectively with the sole aim of making sure that our industry remains attractive to would be investors”.

He continued, saying that ATCON at this material time needs personalities who have committed their hard-earned savings to building the industry “and I know I am one of those who are committed and passionate to growing this industry for the betterment of country. I promise to make useful input towards building an industry that would be an envy of the whole world through ATCON.

“I plan to work with all members of NEC to achieve few things I have stated and I would also ensure that issues like right of way, multiple taxation and weak financial base, infrastructure deficit in the industry are given adequate attention.

“Other things that I would do make my impact felt are as follows

Encouraging Capacity Building

“It is noteworthy that ATCON under our watch is going to build capacity to save Nigeria from depending on foreigners to develop our Information and Technology space.

Government Digital Services Promotion

“ATCON would work very hard to migrate all government services to web based services. This would in no doubt reduce government cost and make government services accessible and effective.

Issues around Convergence

“Our sector has had a positive impact on every aspect of human life. There is no doubt that the emergence and liberalization  of this sector has also impacted positively on revenue accruable to government , employment generation (both Direct and Indirect), Foreign Direct Investment (in tens of billions of dollars) and a host of other positives which time would not permit me to mention.

“ATCON would work out plans to deliever the dividends of liberalizing the Telecommunication sector in that if technologies are not developed to cater for the needs of Nigerians then the ubiquitous and pervasive broadband that we are clamouring for would be a wasted efforts”.

The ATCON NEC elections holds during the annual general meeting holding later next month.