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* Chief Alaba Joseph, president and chief executive officer, Mobitel Nigeria Limited, a national private telephone operator (PTO) and president of Association of Telephone Companies of Nigeria (Atcon), has said that the prices of telephone services would continue to drop, as more operators enter the market and provide the necessary competition that would compel existing operators to review their pricing mechanisms. He said the recent downward review of prices and addition of value-added services was a response to the innovations in technology, which has made Nigerian PTOs go for Code Division Multiple Access, CDMA 20001X, an improvement over the TDMA.

* Dali Mpofu, Group Executive Director of Corporate Affairs at Altron and the Chairman of the ICT BEE Charter’s working committee, was named IT Personality of the Year at a gala evening in Johannesburg last week. Dali won the award in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the development of the IT industry.

* Former Managing Director of First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Bernard Longe has lost his bid to be reinstated to his post as the Federal High Court, of Lagos, endorsed his dismissal by the Company’s board. Longe was sacked from First Bank sixteen months ago, after he facilitated an unsecured $131.7 million facility to IILL in the botched attempt at acquiring a 51 equity stake in the Nigerian Telecommunication Limited (NITEL)