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Omobola Johnson: Restructuring ICT in Nigeria

Dr. Omobola Johnson is a Nigerian technocrat and the pioneer Minister of Communication Technology; a position she acquired following her appointment as part of the transformation Agenda of the Goodluck Jonathan government. She came on board with a wealth of experience and an intimidating resume that has impacted positively on the sector in the last twenty four months.

Before now, Omobola Johnson served as the Country manager for Accenture Nigeria. She had her education at the International School Ibadan and the University of Manchester (BEng, Electrical and Electronic Engineering) and King’s College London (MSc, Digital Electronics). She has a PhD from Cranfield University.  She has earned several public commendations since taking up her position. She also serves as role model to women across Nigeria.

Before her ministerial appointment, she was Country Managing Director for Accenture, Nigeria. She had worked with Accenture since 1985 when it was Anderson Consulting. Omobola has over 25 years consulting experience and has worked with a cross-section of companies in a variety of industries. She successfully transformed these companies into more competitive and dynamic organisations.

Omobola Johnson’s Work:

  • Omobola Johnson is the founding Chairperson and member of Board of Trustees of Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ). WIMBIZ is a non-governmental organisation that seeks to improve the success rate of female entrepreneurs and increase the proportion of women in senior positions in corporate organisations.
  • Omobola Johnson launched NigComSat-IR Satellite. This has helped to complement the country‚Äôs efforts at fibre connectivity and the provision of greater bandwidth.
  • On 30 May 2013, she presented the Nigerian National Broadband Plan for 2013 to 2018 to Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. Following a minor cabinet reshuffle in September 2013 by President Goodluck Jonathan, she was given an extra task of supervising the operations of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • Omobola Johnson facilitated e-Government drive with over 86,000 email addresses deployed for Government use on the ‘.gov.ng’ domain names. She also had 250 websites hosted on ‘.gov.ng’ platform as well as 382 MDAs connected in Abuja and other parts of the country.
  • She collaborated with CBN to drive digital and financial inclusion using the Post Office infrastructure. 

Why TechHer Loves Dr. Omobola Johnson:

TechHer loves Omobola Johnson for her passion for technology, creating enabling environment for technology to thrive in Nigeria and her zeal to ensuring that telecoms companies are up and doing in their service delivery.

 

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