Telecom company appoints General TY Danjuma as new chairman

The general brings robust commercial experience covering some three decades in the public and private sectors.

General T.Y Danjuma has just been appointed as the new chairman of ntel's board

The company made the announcement on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 following Danjuma's inaugural board meeting.

Joining Danjuma as board chairman, former chairman Tunde Ayeni will become vice chairman. Other members of the board include Captain Idahosa Okunbo, Abiola Ayeni, Kasheem Shettima, Philip Chukwu, Kola Adesina, John Darlington, Dan Kunle, Babatunde Omotoba and Kamar Abass.

Danjuma, generally known as 'the green general' on account of his environmental activism, has various interests in oil and gas, banking and shipping. An environmentalist and philanthropist, he was Chairman of Abuja Green Society and through his own Danjuma Foundation, which was established in 2009, passionately supports poverty alleviation, education and medical aid initiatives across Nigeria.

The general brings robust commercial experience covering some three decades in the public and private sectors to ntel, following a career in the Nigerian army, from which he retired as a three-star general and Chief of Army Staff in 1980. He also served as Minister of Defence in the first term of Olusegun Obasanjo's civilian administration.

Speaking on Danjuma's addition to the ntel board, ntel CEO Kamar Abass, said, “We are delighted to have a man of General TY Danjuma’s standing join us. As our new chairman, and as a shareholder, we welcome his support as we add momentum to our growth and development in Nigeria’s telecoms industry.

"We expect to benefit enormously from General Danjuma’s sterling leadership credentials and, in this way, to build on the excellent work of our immediate past chairman, Dr. Tunde Ayeni, who positioned ntel to deliver the leading Broadband experiences already evidenced in Lagos and Abuja.”

Ntel started commercial operations of its 4G/LTE-Advanced network on April 8, 2016 in Lagos and Abuja. Network services are scheduled to begin in Port Harcourt by early Q4 and NatCom, ntel's holding company, is looking to make investments totalling more than $1 billion by 2020.

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