Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami and Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State top the nominees list for Nigeria’s most profound digital leaders for 2020 as Abuja hosts the 4th annual Nigeria Tech Innovation & Telecom Awards (NTITA).


NTITA 2020, Nigeria’s most prized IT and Telecom event, is putting the spotlight on the country’s technology leadership, most promising innovations, companies and projects; and political leaders pushing the required willpower to foster right environment for ICT to flourish. It is holding as part of the commemorative events in the tech industry to celebrate Nigeria’s Diamond Jubilee.


Pantami’s robust profile as a leading light in ICT policy drive and a pathfinder for Nigeria’s steady push in digital economy attracts wide appeal from NTITA 2020 judging panel drawn from some of the most respected figures in the technology industry, media and academia.


Lalong’s consistent leverage of technology and ICT-inclined policies to explore new level of social and economic impacts drew similar appeal.


As Nigeria turns 60 years, NTITA 2020 is spotlighting political willpower and tech innovation. Without political willpower, not much can happen; and without innovation, nothing significant can happen,” said Mr. Akin Naphtal, CEO of InstinctWave, Africa’s premium B2B event and media specialists, organizers of the event.


NTITA is regarded as Nigeria’s ‘Oscars’ of the ICT and telecom industry attracting the crème de la crème as well as top decision makers in the sector. The event holds November 7, 2020 at the NAF Conference Centre and Suites, Abuja. NTITA has grown to become Nigeria’s most celebrated ICT & Telecoms awards with strong backing of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON).


Top on the award nominee categories are Nigeria ICT Governor of the Year, Digital Leader of the Year, Public Sector ICT Woman of the Year. Public Sector ICT CEO of the Year, Broadband Oxygenator of the Year, Telecom CEO of the Year, the ICT First Lady for 2020, Emerging ICT CEO for 2020, Most Innovative and ICT Focussed State 2020, Most Innovative Operator 2020, and a host of other awards.


“NTITA, partnering with the country’s leading stakeholders, recognizes and rewards innovations and excellence from individuals and organizations involved in advancing technology and transforming today’s ICT industry,” added Naphtal.


The nomination criteria focus on persons or organisations  at the forefront of promoting regulation, standards or best practice;  persons or organisations actively driving technological innovation;  persons who have used their office to bear on advancing technology innovations; and persons  who are instrumental in the success of an ICT organisation or business; among others.


Every year the categories are updated to reflect the latest market trends and to ensure they do justice to our increasingly diverse industry. The new featured award categories allow us to recognize contributions from all parts of ICT sector; from communication service providers, solutions providers, banking, health, insurance, fintech, cloud, cyber security, digitization and consultancies.


According to Naphtal, the awards has grown over the years, in participation and prestige; setting the highest industry standard for honouring organizations and individuals in the Telecom & ICT sector in Nigeria. The platform has also become the benchmark for outstanding performances in the industry and a symbol of excellence that marks leadership, quality and innovation.


Further expressing his excitement, Naphtal said: “We are proud to have been the harbinger and promoters of the giant strides made by the industry, regardless of the very challenging business environment since the last four years when we debuted the awards.”