Ntel Boss, Omotoba Wins NSE Fellowship


By Kingsley I. Ilechukwu, Correspondent Lagos

The Chief Executive Officer of ntel, Hon. Babatunde Omotoba, has been honoured with the fellowship of the umbrella body for the Engineering Profession in Nigeria, the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, in validation of his standing as a foremost engineering practitioner.

In a statement issued by the NSE, seen by, the NSE said its elite fellowship grade was conferred on Omotoba because of his track record of exploits and achievements in the engineering field over the years, adding that it was an honor well deserved.

“I am happy to inform you that 30 years after graduating with First Class Honours in Civil Engineering, the Council of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has approved the election of Hon. Engr. Babatunde Omotoba, as a FELLOW (FNSE) of the Society. Hon. Omotoba is the Managing Director/CEO of NatCom Development & Investment Ltd, trading as ntel (Successor Company of NITEL/MTEL). “With this election, he becomes one of the very rare Nigerians to have double Fellowship in two divergent or unrelated fields: FELLOW, Institute of Chartered Accountants Of Nigeria -FCA; and FELLOW, Nigerian Society of Engineers – FNSE.” the statement read.

Omotoba’s investiture arrives on the strength of his track record as an accomplished executive both the public and private spheres over the past two decades. He is lauded for his role in achieving the FAA IASA Category One Certification for Nigerian Airports during his time as Honorable Minister of Aviation and Member, Federal Executive Council, Federal Republic of Nigeria, positions he attained at the age of 39 in 2008. His stellar performance also saw the execution of the Total Radar Coverage of the Nigerian Airspace, TRACON, for the first time in 29 years, among many other safety-critical aviation projects.

Engr. Omotoba similarly served on the Governing Councils of National Council on Privatization, NCP, and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA with distinction. The MD/CEO of ntel continues to be well sought-after at home and abroad. A seasoned Engineer, and an Investment Professional with over 30 years of Infrastructural Development, Construction, Structural Engineering, Private Equity, Financing, Due Diligence, Auditing, Consulting, Aviation, Telecoms, and General Management backgrounds, Engr. Omotoba’s sterling performances are visible in both the private and public sectors.

Omotoba holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Benin(UNIBEN) south south Nigeria, where he graduated with “First Class Honors”. He also holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (USA), with majors in Finance, Entrepreneurship, Management Strategy and Real Estate. He is a COREN Registered Engineer; a member of The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE); a Fellow (“FCA”) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, CITN.

A holder of Series 7 and Series 63 Professional Licenses, Engr. Omotoba is a winner of 16 academic and professional prizes/awards including: Deans award, Best Engineering graduate (1990); Valedictorian – nominated as best graduate from University of Benin in 1988/89 & 1989/90 sessions; First Prize in the May 1996 Professional Examination I of ICAN, First Prize in Quantitative Analysis and Third Prize Overall in May 1995 ICAN Foundation Examinations. He received the Kauffman Foundation’s Grant for Entrepreneurial Leadership; made the Kellogg Dean’s honours list for outstanding academic achievements and won a Kellogg Scholarship. In April 2009, he received the prestigious ICAN Merit

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