Mr. Etim Amana, Prof. Sola Aderounmu, Engineer Mrs Florence Seriki and Alhaji Ladi Ogunneye

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

The Chief Executive Officer of Omatek Ventures Plc, Engineer (Mrs.) Florence Seriki, has emerged the recipient of the IT Personality of the Year 2015 in Nigeria following a painstaking voting process by IT professionals in the country.

The award, presented to her by Prof. Ganiyu Adesola Aderounmu, president of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), is regarded as the most prestigious IT award within IT community in the country which is given to the beneficiary after a thorough, process-driven and painstaking and transparent online voting system.

In the keenly-contested award, Seriki and the Group Managing Director of the MIS Group, Mr. Etim James Amana, were the two nominees but Seriki emerged the winner of the award.

The voting process and the selection of the winner was conducted by Accenture, a global consulting firm, on behalf of the NCS, the highest body of IT professionals in the country.

Seriki, who is the current President of the Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN), was declared winner of the highly-coveted award at the National Information Technology Merit Awards (NITMA) 2015 organised at MUSON Centre, Onika, Lagos recently.

Other categories of awards presented to other distinguished individuals at the event include the Professional fellowships, Special Recognition Awards and Honorary Fellowship awards.

Speaking on Seriki’s award, Aderounmu, said, “The IT Personality of the Year award which is the NCS President’s award acknowledges and celebrates the year’s most outstanding contributors to the information technology industry."

“The achievements of this year’s IT Personality of the Year nominees are impressive and transformatory. The achievements send out a powerful and undeniable message that top achievers in the IT industry are the positive change agents moving Nigeria forward.”

According to him, Criteria for the awards varies from category to category, but core to each category is demonstrated excellence, local and international recognition, significant contribution to the development of IT, national Impact and Innovation.

“The high profile award night will promote excellence, high performance and innovation within the Nigerian IT community to encourage more of such performance from practitioners, organisations and stakeholders,” he added.

Receiving the award, Seriki thanked the IT professional community for the recognition, saying the award posses a further challenge to her to continue to do more in contributing to the development of IT industry in Nigeria.

“I want to acknowledge this award and thank the IT professionals for considering me worthy of being the beneficiary of this honour. This is an indication that people are able to appreciate the little efforts we make towards developing our industry. This is a challenge for us to do more,” she said.

Seriki posses extensive experience in vast areas of manufacturing in the ICT sector in addition to various other germane trainings and certifications in relevant areas, having obtained BSc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University).

She was appointed a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineering, Fellow of the Nigerian Computer Society, Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and conferred with the Presidential National Order of Merit Award as member of the Federal Republic.

Today, she has made a huge success of herself as an accomplished corporate industrialsy of alst three decades that has hitherto served as Africa’s ICT sector in various capacities via her company and its subsidiaries.

Analysts say Africa is reaping the dividends of her dedication and brilliance as manifested in being  the first to build the first Completely Knocked  Down (CKD) computer component factor in Nigeria and Ghana.

Seriki’s company has been the pioneer and only factory n the African continent involved in the production of computer casings, speakers from CKD components.

Operating at 25 per cent capacity utilisation, the Omatek computer factory rolls out per annum 120,000 speakers, 120,000 cases and 48,000 fully-build personal computers (PC). The company now assembles OEM brands for other brand builders both local and foreign.

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