Odein Ajumogobia joins Asseco Nigeria as Chairman
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Odein Ajumogobia has joined the Board of Asseco Software Nigeria Ltd (“Asseco Nigeria”) as its Chairman. Asseco Nigeria is a subsidiary Asseco Poland S.A., one of the leading and fastest growing European software companies. The Asseco Group is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, the New York NASDAQ and Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, employing about 20,000 people in over 40 countries, Nigeria being its hub for West Africa.
“I am delighted to represent Asseco Nigeria as its Chairman. Technology is the driving force of many sectors and its effective use in Nigeria will elevate the country economically. Asseco is focused on building a sustainable software business in Nigeria by developing local talent to provide advanced technology solutions much needed in both private and public sectors across the country. I believe that Asseco’s presence and growth in Nigeria will be a significant contribution to the drive for increased transparency, automation, security and economic development through the use of technology.”
Asseco has been present in Nigeria since 2013 and has invested in 2014 in forming Asseco Nigeria. As such, Asseco is currently one of the largest Polish investors in Nigeria, focused on adding value locally in Nigeria.
According to Simon Melchior, CEO Asseco Nigeria, “Asseco’s success around the world has led it to become the fastest growing of the Top 10 European software companies for the past 3 consecutive years. This has been due to its strategy of international expansion and empowering its subsidiaries to be add value locally.” To this end, Asseco Nigeria has focused on developing its local content by hiring a number of Nigerian software developers that are creating solutions specific for Nigerian entities. “Asseco Nigeria has the mandate and ability to customize, develop and implement integrated software solutions and to provide local support from Nigeria to its customers. This strategy is quite different from other international companies present in the country”, adds Mr Melchior.
Asseco Nigeria’s areas of activity include Financial Services (banking, insurance and capital markets), Enterprises (power & utilities, telecommunications, fast moving consumer goods) and Public Administration (with a special focus on eGovernment, taxes, land use, health, social security and defense). Of particular significance is the group’s track record of active participation in the automation of central and local government processes in Central & Eastern Europe, to make government more efficient and closer to its citizens as well as Asseco’s experience of providing complex software systems to Polish power distribution companies after the recent privatization of the Polish power sector. Being the only Central & Eastern European company to have completed over 30 defence projects directly for the European Union and for NATO, Asseco also has proper credentials as well as facility and personnel clearances to provide advanced security solutions to the Nigerian Government.