50 Hearty Cheers For Engr. Gbenga Adebayo
Monday, October 30th Engr Gbenga Adebayo would be 50 years old.
And all roads would lead to All Souls Church, Lekki, Anglican Communion, Kayode Animashaun Street, Road 15, Lekki, Phase 1 by 12pm, where the industry’s analyst would celebrate God for adding another year to his life.
Adebayo is the Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) , an umbrella body for Mobile Network Operators(MNOs).
ALTON’s chairman has an uncompromising and gentle mien. He is unassuming, precise in his analysis of the telecommunications industry and humble to a fault. He is responsive, media friendly and ever on the spot.
That sumarises who this enigma is.
He has always been in the forefront of assisting members to achieve their desires without becoming antagonistic to either government agencies and subscribers. And ever ready to stake his neck in intervention on several issues, including multiple taxation, multiple regulation, interconnection rate determination and unfavorable government policies.
For instance the case suit no: FHC/L/CS/517/2006 – The Registered Trustees of Alton and 6 Ors Vs Lagos State Government and 4 Ors. The trial ruling was in favour of Alton on February 23, 2007 and also won the appeal brought by Lagos State Government in 2009. And subsequently, both signed a Memoradum of Understanding on Right of Way(RoW).
Adebayo wears several intimidating caps. For instance, he is the president and founder of Royal FM 95.1Mhz. The first private FM Radio Station in Ilorin, North Central Nigeria. He is the Chairman of African Broadband Limited, owners of Royal FM, Royal Television Service and Royal Times of Nigeria Newspapers.
And he is also the Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer of Communication Network Support Services Limited and CNSSL Contact Centre Limited a Leading Business Process Outsource Company in Telecom Network Engineering and Contact Centre Operations across Nigeria. He is the Chairman and Founder of Savannah Hotels and Resort Centre, Ilorin Nigeria and he is the Owner and Chief Farmer of Chesterfield Farms Limited.
According to some of his staff who wrote on his blog, Adebayo is a boss like no other.
Hear Obiajuku Chidinma; “Dear Sir, just wanted to let you know you are appreciated. Your leadership and ability to get things done are inspiration to us all”.
Another staff, who simply wants to be identified as Chinyere captured his ingenuity this way, “Thank you for your extra-ordinary ability and leadership to guide us at all times. We appreciate your efforts sir, you are indeed a rare Gem”.
While Eze Ifeoma added that “You lead your employees and get them to follow your vision for the company without being dominating. Thank you for being a mentor, leader, teacher and a counselor all in one person. Thanks for being my all in one CEO.”
From all of us at Gtechnews.com.ng, we wish Engr Adebayo divine happiness , unstoppable grace and favour all the days of his life, Amen.
.Pelumi Olaleye is the Senior Correspondent for Gtechnews