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Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu succeeds Yele Okeremi as President of ISPON

He becomes sixth President of ISPON, after the CEO of PFS Solutions, Dr. Yele Okeremi, the fifth President of ISPON, completed a one-term tenure of two years.

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The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, InfoGraphics Nigeria Limited and Partner, iX Consults, Mr. Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, has emerged the new President, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON).

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From left to right: Chair, Membership Committee, Peter Ogedengbe as the the new President, Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu was decorated by the immediate past President, Dr. Yele Okeremi, during the hand-over ceremony in Lagos on Thursday, August 28, 2020. Photo Credit: TechEconomy.ng

He becomes sixth President of ISPON, after the CEO of PFS Solutions, Dr. Yele Okeremi, the fifth President of ISPON, completed a one-term tenure of two years.

The election took place at ISPON’s just concluded Annual General Meeting. TechEconomy.ng gathered that members of the newly executives of ISPON till 2022 are:

  1. Mr. Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu (FNCS)        President
  2. Mr. Chuks Onyebuchi                                   1st Vice President
  3. Mr. Bimbo Abioye                                          2nd Vice President
  4. Mr. Lanre Adelanwa                                      General Secretary
  5. Dr. Abiodun Falade                                       Treasurer
  6. Mr. Peter Ogedengbe                                    Chair, Membership Committee
  7. Mr. Wahab Sarumi                                         Chair, Policy & Strategy Committee
  8. Mr. Danjuma Attah                                        Chair, Education & Capacity Building Committee
  9. Mr. Bunmi Okunnowo                                   Chair, Media & Publicity Committee
  10. Mr. Adekunle Ajiboye                                    Chair, Diaspora Committee
  11. Dr. Yele Okeremi (FNCS)                               Immediate Past President
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The President of ISPON, Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu observes as the immediate past President, Dr. Yele Okeremi, signs the hand-over note, during the ceremony in Lagos on Thursday, August 28, 2020. Photo Credit: TechEconomy.ng

During his inaugural speech at the handover ceremony, Mba-Uzoukwu thanked the founding members of ISPON for their vision to establish a body that would outlive them and add value to the society at large. he also expressed appreciation to the present members for their votes votes and promised to build on the legacy that the immediate president left behind.

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He thanked Dr. Okeremi for his stewardship during his reign from 2018 to 2020 and promised to accomplish the task ahead of ISPON.

Mr. Mba-Uzoukwu said, although the new executives are coming on board at a time the country and indeed the world are faced with Coronavirus pandemic, however, it is also an auspicious time to make transition to knowledge-based economy and software is at the forefront of such transition.

“The ‘new normal’ has become the in-thing today, but we seem to speak about it with uncertainty. Therefore, it is our responsibility, as part of the ecosystem, to create that ‘new normal’. Often times, we are marred in the negativity as consumeric nation; dependent on imports. It is our responsibility to write this history. The situation (COVID-19 pandemic) has presented us with historic opportunity to reset and reimagine what we can actually do and begin to tell that story in the manner that people can actually believe in the local software.

He called on Nigerians to support and encourage ISPON members and software developers in Nigeria by patronising indigenous software, which he said, needed the encouragement of industry stakeholders and the government to grow big.

Earlier, in his handover note, Dr. Okeremi said that ISPON has continued to engage successive governments to implement policies and provide supports that will ensure the development of the Nigerian software industry.

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The President of ISPON, Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu signing the handover document presented to him by the immediate past President, Dr. Yele Okeremi, during the hand-over ceremony in Lagos on Thursday, August 28, 2020. Photo Credit: TechEconomy.ng

He admonished the new president to keep this going and ensure a clear and consensus voice to educate government and policy makers on the need to embrace ‘developed-in-Nigeria’ software.

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He pointed out that the inclusion of the younger generation in the technology ecosystem is becoming an important aspect of ISPON activities.

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The President of ISPON, Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu receives the hand-over document from the immediate past President, Dr. Yele Okeremi, signs the hand-over note, during the ceremony in Lagos on Thursday, August 28, 2020. Photo Credit: TechEconomy.ng

“We know that; these are the days of the younger people. I will encourage you and your team to pay attention on having programmes that will bring these young people into our fold.

He also highlighted a need for the new leadership of ISPON to work with relevant stakeholders.

ISPON is the industry professional body for indigenous software developers and practitioners in Nigeria. Established in 1999 with the aim of creating an enabling environment for local content developers, ISPON has been in the forefront of championing the advocacy for the application and utilisation of locally developed software in order to boost our economy, GDP and give Nigeria an alternative to oil as a revenue earner.

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