President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria recently appointed Former Chairwoman and Country Director of Accenture Nigeria, Mrs. Omobola Johnson as Nigeria’s Technology and Communications Minister.
President Jonathan had previously indicated interest in creating a technology ministry to both scrutiny and praise from Nigerians. His decision to merge the communications and technology portfolio seems to be a good one and would help position Nigeria’s communication strategy with one that is hopefully future driven and innovative given its merger with ICT. This is key as the country gears up to position itself as one of the continent’s leading ICT hubs.
Biography – Mrs. Omobola Johnson
Mrs. Omobola Johnson is the former Chairwoman and Country Director of Accenture Nigeria and became the first woman to hold both positions. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester and a Masters degree in Digital Electronics from King’s College, London. She joined Accenture, then Andersen Consulting in 1985. In the about two decades she was at Accenture, she progressed through various roles and was a Director and the Head of the Financial Services operating group in Nigeria before her appointment as the Managing Director in December 2004.
To tech professionals and enthusiasts reading this, what key areas would you like to see the new minister address or improve in Nigeria’s technology and communications sector?