At the recent 2017 Annual Luncheon of the Lagos Branch of the GCI Old Boys Association, some GCI old boys were honoured as its done annually. One of them is Engineer Emmanuel Olusegun Kehinde, an Electrical & Electronics Engineer. Engr. Emmanuel Olusegun Kehinde was born in Ibadan about 58 years ago.
He attended Maryhill Convent School, Ibadan from 1963 to 1969 for his Primary education, before proceeding to Government College Ibadan in 1970. Thereafter, he proceeded to the Polytechnic Ibadan for his Advanced level Certificate which he passed with distinctions.
In 1977, he was admitted to the University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and graduated in 1981 with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering. He acquired the degree of Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Lagos in 1984 and 1991 respectively.
In 1982, he commenced his career as a Management Trainee with PZ Industries Ltd and later joined the defunct Post and Telecommunications Department of the Federal Ministry of Communication as a Pupil Engineer, before transiting to’NITEL in 1985 when it was formed. He worked in virtually all the Engineering sections of the organization. He was part of the team that drew up the guidelines for the setting up of the Nigeria Communication Commission and was actively involved in drawing up policies for the deregulation of the Telecommunications sector in Nigeria.
He retired as a Senior Manager in 2000 to join in setting up Monarch Communications Limited, a newly licensed Private Telecommunications Operator company initiated by the IGI Group, when the sector was deregulated. He left the organization in 2004 to join another Telecommunications company, Third Generation Technologies, engaged in the Engineering, Procurement and Installation of NEC Japan Microwave Radios for Telecommunications Operating Companies in Nigeria.
He resigned in 2005 to join the Odua Group as the Pioneer Chief Technical Officer of Odua Telecommunications Limited (ONET) in Ibadan. He was instrumental in the network redesign and restructuring of the company and eventual turn around before leaving in 2009 to join another Telecommunications operating company, Multilinks Telecommunications Limited, after successfully completing his mandate at ONET. At Multilinks, he brought his professional expertise and skills to bear in restructuring the technical operations of the company.
He midwifed various uncompleted projects to completion. He left in 2012 as the Chief Technical Officer, to join NEC West Africa Limited, a subsidiary of a Telecommunications Multinational, NEC Corporation, Japan as s pioneer General Manager. He set up the West African perations of the firm with presence in most Francophone and Anglophone countries in West and Central Africa. He left in 2014 to setup Teletrust Limited, a Multidisciplinary Engineering Consultancy Practice focusing on Technology, Risk Assessment, Infrastructure Advisory and Strategy. He is presently the Managing Partner.
He is a registered Engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineerin in Nigeria (COREN) and a Member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. He is ma ried to Mrs. Elizabeth Omolade Kehinde and they are blessed with two children. He is the pioneer
and longest serving General Secretary of the GClOBA70. He has been described as a highly resourceful, committed and accomplished professional Engineer. It was in recognition of his contributions to the development of the Telecommunications Sector in Nigeria, immense contribution to the growth of his 1970 Class Set and enviable commitment to GCI and GCIOBA that he was honoured with the GCIOBA (Lagos Branch) Merit Award 2017. He was thereby admitted into the GCIOBA (Lagos Branch) Roll of Honour.