Is this cankerworm ALSO in our DNA? Titi Omo-Ettu

January 24, 2020

I resigned my appointment as Chairman, Digital Bridge Institute, last Monday.
There are no immediate problems but the potential for serious unresolvable problems for the Institute is high, in the long run.

In my letter of resignation, I told those who supervise my work about their own bit of the issues at stake and why I decided to quit. Essentially, those folks love to run the Institute as if it is a project that must fail.

To be frank, I can live through that and square up to it for a good while. However, there are bigger industry (CommTech) issues which, if left unaddressed, may end in several investments being destroyed. So, I considered it due that I stepped out and deal with the issues as Titi Omo-Ettu and not as Chairman of DBI.

Words sneaking out of the Minister’s mouth are considered very dangerous to investments and at the end of it all, there are aspects that will ultimately make DBI a cannon fodder. If, down the road, I am cut in that kind of ambush, I deserve to take the blame.

I am about to discuss the issues one after the other using my blog page and my networks as media platforms. I expect others, especially investors, local investors in particular, to ask questions and protect their interests and investments in their own ways. I just studied the Minister’s background and have not been able to put a finger on what prepared him for this huge responsibility. The way he is going, he is bound to see power when the issues are responsibility and maturity. Something must give. It is called Investments.

If someone tells you he signs an MoU to develop Nigerians’ digital skills using companies that sold hardware yesterday, I hope you will ask at what stage those companies acquired a track record in the advertised subject matter. I can give the answer – 2017 with due respect. (I really have no issues with the companies, afterall they are usually tools to be used, often used with dare consequences even to themselves).

Of course, you and I know it, no Nigerians will benefit from such recycled game-plans as this. The MoU’s will simply transform into huge contracts, and a few folks will feel fine. And in any case, DBI will eventually become the tool to use to firm the whole process up in order to make sense to the man on the street. That really is the crux of the matter.

Fast forward. With me in DBI as Chairman, it will not happen and that means I will have to be eased out, if not outrightly fired, at a time it may be too late to do anything about it.

Today, you hear of digital nations in Africa (DNA). I hope they are not saying this nonsense is in our DNA. Yesterday it was PENTASCOPE, a while ago, it was National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP), if you recall.

I granted an interview to Guardian early December and it was published a few days ago.

‘ComTech industry growth is declining, future looks turbulent’ – Titi Omo-Ettu

That alone can supply a framework for picking the issues one after the other for analysis in the hope that stakeholders will follow me and do the needful for themselves. I will reproduce the interview, as published, on this blog page for ease of future reference.

If you have roles to play, please play it. If you don’t have, just stay connected to my blogposts and share my posts for wider reach, if you consider them deserving of such attention.

You may even just be tracking our DNA (now I’m talking of the journey of Nigeria’s Digital Nation Africa) if it does not take us to ‘PENTASCOPE’.


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