By Emeka Aginam
At the just concluded National Information Technology Merit Awards (NITMA) held in Lagos at the weekend, the Nigerian Computer Society, NCS honored Mr. Mike Ajibola Olajide, Chairman, Sidmach Technologies Limited with a Professional Fellowship Award.
The NITMA 2012 award was organized by the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) to acknowledge, celebrate and reward corporate organizations and individuals who are outstanding in their various Information Technology (IT) practice and have also contributed immensely to the development of the profession in Nigeria.
Speaking to IT Journalists shortly after the award, Olajide said, “The Professional Fellowship Award is the highest recognition of professional excellence anyone can receive in IT practice in Nigeria so I am elated to accept this prized industry honour. It is especially thrilling when your peers notice your contribution to the development of the sector even when you are just busy pursuing your passion which incidentally provides you with opportunities to grow and learn.”
According to him, my team at SIDMACH was one of the best in the industry. “I am happy to work closely with and learn from a number of people in the course of my career, including my colleagues in SIDMACH. This achievement is a reflection of the contributions I get from them and the rest of the team. I thank God for the grace of knowing and working with them.” he added.
In a special feature on Mike Olajide, NCS writes: “Mr. Michael Ajibola Olajide attended The University of Lagos where he graduated with B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science in 1981.
He started out as a Programmer/Analyst and has worked in various capacities at different times as Senior Consultant and Software Development Manager before teaming up with four other colleagues to set up Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited (SIDMACH). He was at various times Executive Director and also Managing Director of the company.
A thoroughbred professional who is very passionate about Education and Human capacity development, Mr. Olajide played major roles in the visioning and development of software solutions that has positively impacted the Education Sector. Today, the success recorded by the Educational Institutions where these solutions have been implemented has drawn appreciation from similar bodies from other countries, thereby making our National institutions good reference points and boosting our country’s glory.
Mr. Olajide has over the past 30 years attended many IT trainings and conferences locally and abroad.
In the same vein, Mr. Dayo Arogundade, an Executive Director was also awarded the Professional Fellowship of NCS. The Managing Director of SIDMACH, Mr. Hassan Alao emerged first runner-up in the IT Personality of the Year Award, in a keenly contested voting process managed and monitored by Accenture, Nigeria’s foremost Security and Information Management Company.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the President, Nigeria Computer Society of Nigeria, Mr. Demola Aladekomo said rewarding outstanding organisations and individuals was one of the ways NCS seeks to promote talent, creativity and competence in the industry. He went on to urge each and everyone present at the occasion to play their part in IT development which according to him is the key driver of the nation’s economy.