Leading IT experts, stakeholders have poured encomium on one of Nigeria’s foremost ICT broadcast journalist,founder of AIT Infotech Network, Dr. Bayero Agabi who marked his 20 years career in Lagos, South West Nigeria in grand style through multiple events that culminated in the celebration of his technology news media DigiVation Network and the unveiling of a magazine.
Agabi, who pioneered ICT broadcast journalism in 1999, is famous for his enlightenment and advocacy programmes targeted at promoting the ICT and digital ecosystem.
In celebrating his 20 years of ICT broadcast experience and digital evolution, he hosted the AFRICA DIGITAL HEROES Awards, where notable individuals in the Nigeria’s ICT sector were honoured in various capacities for their contributions to the development and promotion of the ICT industry in the country.
The award covered different categories which include, best IT Savvy Governor, Digital Personality (Public Sector Space), Most Outstanding State Government Digital Capacity Development, Best Online Comedy Content, IT Lifetime Achievement, Industry Service Recognition and Digital Service Star.
Speaking shortly after he was given the Best IT Savvy Governor award, Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr. Abdullahi Sule paid tribute to the works of Agabi in the industry describing him worthy ambassador of the industry.
The Governor, whose state received the Most Outstanding State Government Digital Capacity Initiative for Economic Transformation Award, said his government was determined to tower other states in ICT and technology innovation.
President of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), Mr. Olusola Teniola commended the ICT broadcast icon for his role in the development, saying that Agabi is instrumental to IT development in Nigeria just as the media has been instrumental to assist the voice of associations.
“Without our voice being heard there will be no advocacy. The industry has been on a journey and ATCON’s partnership with DigiVation, under my leadership, has seen a revitalized, confident and more daring media organisation and journalistic approach to some of the very pressing issues, which might not have been made possible but for the tenacity and determination of Dr Bayero Agabi to drive advocacies and enlightenment programme which had on many occasions influenced policy makers.”
Also paying tribute to the impact of Agabi in the industry, Chief Executive Officer, Medallion Communications, Engr. Ikechukwu Nnamani, described him as one of the key people that the country owe a lot of gratitude to.
“Looking at today, if you follow all his platforms whether the TV and the online, you will realise that he has wide range of audiences, especially on the online platform where he reaches more people.
“And if you follow him closely, especially on social media, you might not need a better place to get information. Like for me, I don’t go elsewhere to get information; all I do is to go to his platform and read his posts for that day. And that is the level of impact he has been able to the development of the industry. I am personally grateful God for his life and I wish him more fruitful contributions.”
Corroborating, President Nigeria Internet Registration Agency (NiRA) Mohammed Rudman, described Agabi as a catalyst in promoting ICT development in Nigeria.
“He’s a catalyst. He interacts with other key stakeholders to promote ICT development. And he has been organizing events. One of such is the one held in Kano state, which focused on bring people together to see how the spirit of innovation can be instilled in our youths. We congratulate him; he’s doing a fantastic job.”
In his remarks, Founder and Executive Vice Chairman Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) Mr Austin Okere said “Bayero was one of the first set of people I knew when we started CWG in Surulere. When we started it was Bayero and his cohorts in the media that made CWG a household name. What he (Bayero) has done to the growth of the ICT industry in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized; he is a pillar and I see him going to greater heights.”
Also speaking Managing Director, VDT Communications Limited, Mr. Biodun Omoniyi, said that the ICT sector of the media has actually been doing a fantastic job adding that Bayero’s DigiVation has been a leading organisation in that area of media service.
“Everyone knows him and wants to associate with him because of his roles and contributions to the media and ICT sectors. I urge him to continue to do this and continue to bring out the best in the industry”, he stated.