For a wholly indigenous IT company,
Before treating the crowd to an appetizing varieties of sumptuous foods and drinks, a short prayer was conducted and then the carol rendition of: Oh Come All Ye Faithful... the creatively wonderful voices blended with the background instrumentals ecstatically threw all into the unique Phase3 Christmas get together. It was indeed a night to remember! THISDAY's duo of
Brilliant, smart and good looking, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, Mr.
Beaming with smiles, he said: "I can remember very vividly how my lovely wife, Mosunmola and I spent considerable amount of time deciding on the ideal name that suits the vision. It feels like a lifetime considering what we have through in 10 years and the great deal of strides taken and changes made since then." He admitted that the beginning was modest, but with big ambitions.
Why did the young man venture into the IT terrain, THISDAY sorted him out as guests were been treated to food and cultural renditions in the various Nigerian languages. Recollecting how the seed was sowed, he said: "We started out as pioneer providers of wholesale transmission services due to the gaps we identified in the market. The objective was straight forward, to add value to a sector that was going through the process of liberalization and the vision was clear. Transmission was wholly under the control of government-owned enterprises and had no basic template to adopt as it was embedded in other services."
Johnson could not hide her feelings and assessment when she was given the microphone for a remark. Excited about the success of an indigenous long haul IT firm, she said: "It is important to celebrate, even if it is only one year, this is a remarkable achievement in celebrating 10 years of the success of a business. I'm deeply impressed by
"And of course
Impressed with the company's deployment of optic fibre beyond the shores of
Seeing a brighter future for the company, he quipped: "I think if you continue in that direction I 'm sure the company will be the company to beat in the Nigerian telecommunications space as far as telecommunication infrastructure is concerned."
He did not end without a word on corporate governance: "This is key for any company to survive and to be sustained over time, which means you must watch your cost, you must watch the development of staff to make sure that they are topnotch, you must employ the right people which you have done in the past and you spend more effort in making sure that you look at the market and see where the trend is going and if you have to adjust your strategies some of the time in order to meet market demands you must have to do that. Once you do those things, I'm sure we will also be here in another ten years to celebrate your successes." he said.
Acknowledging the company as partners in progress, Director, Network Engineering, Etisalat, Mr. Temi Ogunbambi attributed part of the company's success story to Phase3 as a reliable ally in backbone deployment. He said: "They are our key partners in helping us to achieve our goals and the key goal for us is to make sure that we offer quality services to our customers and the key enabler to enable us deliver that quality services is Phase3. I'm very happy that I have seen a lot of effort expended by Phase3 by their culture and shared common value to us in delivering quality service to our end-users."
According to him, it remains the responsibilities of all stakeholders in the industry to create opportunities for the young ones, help them develop and give them a sense of purpose as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the way to do that is by investing in people, infrastructure and encouragement, adding that these are values which Phase3 shares and which Etisalat believes in. "And I hope that we can continue to work together in this frame of mind so that we can contribute positively to society and the country at large." he said.
Before the final departure, Jegede expressed his sincere appreciation to the leadership of the company's various departments for their hard work and dedication. He added: "So looking back over the past 10 years on this landmark occasion, there is an enormous amount for which I am grateful to God."
Staff who did brilliantly well in their units were bountifully rewarded with various prizes which range from TV sets, fridges, freezers etc.
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