Wednesday, 22 October 2008 7:44 AM

First Solomon Islander CEO for Our Telekom

Solomon Telekom Company limited has confirmed the appointment of Mr Loyley Ngira as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr Ngira, a Solomon Islands national from Choe, Marovo, Western Province is the first Solomon Islander to take up the role of Chief Executive.

Mr Ngira commenced work in the telecommunications industry with SOLTEL, a joint venture company between Solomon Islands Government and Cable & Wireless PLC of UK in 1978. He gained extensive technical and commercial experience in the broadcasting and telecommunications sectors prior to taking up the position of Chief Executive in late August 2008.

Mr Ngira graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor Engineering (Electronic & Electrical) degree at University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand and in 2007 graduated with an Executive Master Business Administration degree from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

Mr Ngira says the responsibilities that come with the job of Chief Executive for Our Telekom are tremendous and multifaceted yet exciting. He believes he can rise to the challenge. "I aim for Telekom to be a world class service provider in the face of immense change in our country" he said.

"I am always conscious", Mr Ngira said, "that more than eighty thousand contributors to the National Provident Fund expect an attractive return on their savings invested in Solomon Telekom Company Ltd"

Our Telekom paid the National Provident Fund SBD$28 million in dividends last year in addition to the SBD$60 million paid to the Government.

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