25 February 2009

Nigeria: With New MD, MTI Engineering Eyes Ghana Market

Lagos — With eyes set for the Ghanaian market, one of Nigeria's foremost integrated infrastructure companies, MTI PLC has said that it was ready for global competition and would give notable competitors a run for their money.

The company which recently debuted in the Stock exchange, has hired Mr Selwyn Watkins as Managing Director of its MTI Engineering Services Limited, saying all these were to position the company strongly for the battle ahead .

Watkins has a track record of 16years experience in both the FCMG and Telecom industries and until his recent appointment was the chief executive officer to a Lagos based company ValereWest Africa, since 2006, where he was responsible for the launch and development of the brand's operational capabilities.

An accountant by profession, he occupied senior positions with Nampak and Coca Cola companies based in South Africa and also spent 7 years with MTN International Group in various key positions in its mobile investments in Africa.

Unveiling his work plans to news men recently in Lagos, Watkins said that he was going to use the opportunity of the threat of economic meltdown when competitors would be reducing their staff strength to strengthen his workforce in other to cope with the numerous jobs which his competitors may not handle due to weak workforce.

Watkins also said that his company was going make difference in service delivery by building telecom base stations and sites and as well supply other components that would sustain what services they have provided for clients.

Another joker to upsetting the grip of competitors would be to always verify the extent of services its products are giving clients with the view to modifying their operations at all times.

Being a telecom equipment vendor and services provider, Watkins revealed that his company was planning to build a container for telecom operators, that would house both the base stations and the generators in order to reduce cost and ensure better security of the generating sets for the base stations. "We are designing a container that houses the generator and the base station altogether. That way, generator theft is reduced" he said.

MTI engineering, also promises to ensure customer satisfaction at all times, adding that at the moment it was doing a lot more work in turning operators' single sites to co-location sites to help them embrace the co-location of facilities that is becoming the global practice in telecom business. Meanwhile, the MTI Group announced that it was set to commence operations in Ghana after a successful registration and issuance of licence by the Ghanaian authority to roll out its various services.

Group chairman of the company ,Hon. Chibudom Nwuche, said the step was taken based on the organisation's set goals and determination to become a global brand.

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