The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Victoria Island Branch led by Chairman, Engr John Audu, FNSE paid a courtesy visit to Pan African Towers (PAT) CEO, Mr Wole Abu as part of the efforts of the new administration at deepening industry collaboration in targeted focus areas.
During the meeting, Engr. Audu, said that the Branch as part of its strategic focus, adopted four key initiatives through which it aims to build a more formidable service based organisation. He said that NSE VI Branch is committed to her initiatives which include services to the society, enhanced welfare for engineers, pervasively innovative, and human capital development.
Engr. Audu told the PAT management that the NSE has committed resources to mentor younger professionals, organised training for members and artisans as well as job fairs for graduate members.
He added that the Branch aims to work with the academia within it catchment area to bridge the gap between them and industry.
The Chairman used the opportunity to informed PAT management of the Branch’s end of the year dinner and lectures and extended invitation to the CEO of Pan African Towers as one of the speakers at the event.
In his response, the CEO of Pan African Towers, Wole Abu thanked the engineers for paying the company a visit and for the honour of delivering one of the lectures at this year dinner. He commended the NSE activities so far and observed that these are very instrumental to the growth and development of the industry.
He shared some of the latest developments in the sector. He said the telecom industry needs highly educated and innovative engineers to build quality towers and transform telecom business in Nigeria. He lamented that Nigeria is still using 3G network and has only succeeded in deploying 4G network to about 50% of the country, while the global world is talking 5G and beyond.
The PAT chief said we need to change the cultural orientation of individuals and partner with the government to make policies that will hasten the actualisation of 5G telephony in Nigeria. He pointed out that the world is currently experiencing the fourth industrial revolution where machines are communicating with each other through 4G network. He said Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the new trend and Nigeria has to think futuristically and imbibe that culture of innovation so that companies can collaborate with government to improve telecom business in the country.
Mr Abu advised government to make policies that will encourage investors in the sector to do more to enhance local content as well as contribute to the success of the Presidential Executive Order 5. He said that Nigeria is blessed with highly skilled workforce who can contribute to the economy and that we should endeavor to search locally for manpower, train them and equip them with the necessary tools to enhance performance.
The CEO used the opportunity to enlighten the engineers on what Pan African Towers is doing in area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He said that PAT is strategically collaborating with West and Central African Research Education Network (WACREN) and Eko-Konnect to use its towers to connect university institutions to their network to foster quality education and research.
He also said that the company engage the security men who look after their towers and let them use their sites to allow members of the local communities who do not have access to electricity to charge their phones. The CEO explained that while this initiative helps to provide adequate power and connectivity to rural communities, it also helps the security men to generate extra income from charging people’s phones which will help them economically.
At the end of the visit both organisations pledged to collaborate to achieve their common goals and bridge the skill gap in telecommunication in Nigeria.
Picture From L-R: PAT FC, Mr. Seun Fajebe; Publicity Secretary, Engr. Babatunde James; Welfare Secretary, Engr Maryanne Egbe; Financial Secretary, Engr Patrick Nwogu; PAT CEO Mr. Wole Abu; Chairman, Engr John Audu; Internal Auditor, Engr Austyne Duru