L-R: Okim-Alobi Oyama (Brand Manager, PAT), Folami Adeleke (Head of Operations), Karo Akaba (Chief Commercial Officer), Ogho Okiti (Managing Director, BusinessDay) and Tobi Adenekan (Quality Assurance Officer)

Pan African Towers has been awarded as the Telecoms Infrastructure Company of the Year at the 2020 Nigeria Business Leadership Awards (NBLA) organised by Business Day Newspaper. The award which was held at the Lagos Intercontinental Hotel, saw the indigenous infrastructure company beat its rivals to cling the Telecom Infrastructure Company of the Year Award as the audience applauded them in awe.

Speaking at the award ceremony moments after receiving the award, the Chief Commercial Officer of Pan African Towers (PAT), Karo Akaba thanked the organisers for deeming Pan African Towers worthy of this exceptionally significant award. The CCO said that this award goes to demonstrate the tireless efforts of PAT to provide network connectivity to millions of people across the country. She said that what started as a mere dream and vision two years ago has become a clear reality as the company is continually dedicated and committed to helping people especially those in remote areas connect with their counterparts all over the world.

The Chief Commercial Officer said that millions of students in Nigeria were deprived of their fundamental rights to education as a result of the absence and unavailability of the adequate infrastructure that will aid them in taking their classes online. She revealed that the telecom infrastructure gap in Nigeria is capped at over $136 Billion and so a lot of people are deprived access to connectivity because of the unavailability of the infrastructure to foster connectivity. She said this is why Pan African Towers is geared towards erecting a tower in every nook and cranny of Nigeria and beyond to enable people especially those in underserved areas be able to access the fundamental life-enhancing services like education, health, banking, etc that will foster their livelihood.

Akaba said that this award will go a long way to encourage the company to continue to provide high quality telecom services to Mobile Network Operators and other Internet Service Providers in the country to enable them serve the large population of the people so they can communicate with their friends and families anywhere in the world.

The Commercial Chief thanked the PAT board, its customers, landlords, employees, regulators and every stakeholder of the company for their support, patronage and goodwill and attributed the success of the company to these stakeholders. In her exact words, she said “We would not be Pan African Towers today if not for our board, staff, customers, regulators, landlords and all the other stakeholders we are in a business relationship with. It is because of you that what started as a dream and a vision two years ago has grown into a huge reality that will continuously provide quality telecom services to Nigerians and beyond”.

This award marks the second award for Pan African Towers this year and the fourth in its two years of business operations, as the company was earlier in November awarded at the Nigeria Tech Innovation and Telecoms Awards (NTITA) organised by ATCON as the Emerging Infrastructure Provider of the Year, an award it clung back-to-back.