A former Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) under President Goodluck Jonathan Dr Omobola Johnson has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the World Wide Web Foundation.
With over 30 years in the ICT sector, Omobola Johnson has contributed immensely to the industry in both the private and public sector in Nigeria. This new position at the World Wide Web Foundation will bring on board her wealth of experience and expertise to help the foundation as they fight to ensure access to the web to everyone and to improve lives as well.
She is currently a Senior Partner at TLcom Capital LLP. She served as Nigeria’s Communications Minister from 2011 to 2015 where she developed the 2013-2018 National Broadband Plan and equally worked to bring down the cost of internet access in the country. This led to the increase in the percentage of internet usage in Nigeria from 24 percent of the population in 2010 to 43 percent by 2014.
As Nigeria’s Minister of Communication, the country became the first African country to join the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) which is a global coalition spearheaded by the Web Foundation to make broadband more affordable. At A4AI, Omobola Johnson has been the Honorary Chair where she has provided strategic policy guidance. She will be stepping down from this position by October 2018.
In her response to this new appointment she said, “After three years as Honorary Chair of the Alliance for Affordable Internet, I am excited to continue my work to expand affordable internet access as part of the Web Foundation Board of Directors, as well as to work across a wider range of digital rights issues that are critical to securing the future of the free and open web.”
While welcoming her to the new position, the Chair of the Board of the Web Foundation Afsaneh Beschloss said;
“Dr Johnson will bring a depth of private sector and high-level government experience to her role on the Web Foundation board that will be valuable in our mission to get everyone, everywhere connected. We look forward to working together to advance affordable internet access and online rights around the world.”
While the President & CEO of the Web Foundation Adrian Loveth said this about her;
“We are delighted to welcome Dr Johnson to the Web Foundation. Omobola’s extensive experience and leadership in the technology and telecommunications sector-both in Africa and across the globe- will strengthen our work and allow us to further progress toward our shared vision and digital equality.”