Motivational Personality of the Week- Omobola Johnson

Omobola Olubusola Johnson (born 28 June 1963) is a Nigerian technocrat and the Honorary Chairperson of the Global Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI). She is also a former Minister of Communication Technology in the cabinet of President Goodluck Jonathan.

  1. She was educated 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 Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Cranfield University.
  2. Prior to her Ministerial appointment she was country managing director for Accenture, Nigeria. She had worked with Accenture since 1985 when it was Andersen Consulting. Johnson is the pioneer head of the country’s communication technology ministry, which was created as part of the transformation agenda of the Nigerian government.
  3. Johnson co-founded a women’s organization, WIMBIZ in 2001. She has earned several public commendations since taking up her first government assignment as minister in 2011. This is following the numerous achievements of her ministry notably among which is the launch of the NigComSat-IR Satellite. This has helped to complement the country’s efforts at fibre connectivity and the provision of greater bandwidth. The ministry under her watch has also deployed more than 700 personal computers to secondary schools in the first phase of School Access Programme (SAP) while about 193 tertiary institutions in the country now have internet access in the Tertiary Institution Access Programme (TIAP) and 146 communities have access to Community Communication Centers deployed around the country.
  4. Other achievements of the ministry under Johnson include:
  • A collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria to drive digital and financial inclusion using the Post Office infrastructure;
  • 10Gbs Fibre optic Network to connect Nigerian Universities to wider research and education universe, in partnership with the NUC, World Bank and TetFund;
  • Facilitating e-Government drive with over 86,000 email addresses deployed for Government use on the domain names, and 250 websites hosted on platform as well as 382 MDAs connected in Abuja and other parts of the country;
  • Creating the enabling environment for local development of iPad-equivalent tablets;
  • Signing of an MoU with Nokia to establish a lab in Nigeria to support the domestic mobile software industry;
  • Inauguration of the National Council on Information Communication Technology with states/ FCT Commissioners of ICT as members.
  1. On 30 May 2013, Omobola presented the Nigerian National Broadband Plan for 2013 to 2018 to 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.
  2. She served as an Independent Director of Diamond Bank Plc since August 2010 to 14 July 2011. She is also among the 12-member Economic Advisory Committee inaugurated in February 2017 by the Lagos State Governor.
  3. Omobola is currently a non-executive director of Guinness Nigeria PLC and Chairperson of Custodian and Allied Insurance Limited. She also currently serves as General Partner at VC firm, TLcom Capital.

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